Amid fears for the world's coral reefs, the UN World Heritage Committee has issued its most wide-ranging statement so far on protecting heritage sites from climate. But the problem doesn't end there.
The Great Barrier Reef has avoided being listed as "in danger" by UNESCO. But celebrating this is dangerously short-sighted.
Politics podcast: Anna Krien on the climate wars.
Anna Krien's latest Quarterly Essay explores the debates on climate change policy in Australia and the ecological effects of not acting.
A full valuation of the Great Barrier Reef leads to a number so high it is essentially not worth considering in economic terms.
Tropical coral reefs can be saved from climate change and other pressures, but the window of opportunity is closing. And reefs are guaranteed to be markedly different in the future.
South African economist is one of leading voices questioning the way we relate everything to a single statistic.
For the first time the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by mass bleaching in consecutive years, with only the reef's southernmost stretches having escaped both events unscathed.
As the Great Barrier Reef suffers a second wave of mass bleaching, there is a way to get involved.
The Great Barrier Reef is in crisis, as a second wave of coral bleaching hits. But the system of bodies and laws that protect it are getting more complicated – and less productive.
New research has uncovered a whole new way to combat the devastating crown-of-thorns starfish, by decoding the pheromones that they use to communicate.
The Great Barrier Reef is bleaching again. Without greater action on climate change and water quality, its World Heritage status could be listed as "in danger".
Regional solutions can spread across the planet.
In a year of coral bleaching, power blackouts, electricity arguments and Donald Trump, 2016 made the previous year's climate of environmental optimism rather difficult to maintain.
The real threats to dugongs and turtles are not being addressed.
The government's latest report to UNESCO on the Great Barrier Reef paints a rosy picture.
Australia will almost certainly miss its water quality targets for the Great Barrier Reef.
Two-thirds of the corals in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef have died on in the reef's worst-ever bleaching event, according to the latest underwater surveys.
We're going to miss the Great Barrier Reef's water quality targets unless we help farmers better
Queensland's planned new coal mine could impact the climate, the Great Barrier Reef, water, and local species. Yet still it has been declared as 'critical infrastructure' by the state government.
Months after record breaking coral bleaching, research teams are taking stock of the damage on the Great Barrier Reef.