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Microbes living on corals are instrumental in keeping coral reefs healthy. Reuters/David Gray

Healthy microbes make for a resilient Great Barrier Reef

A new study provides insight into coral-dwelling microbial communities and how they react to pollution, overfishing, and climate change. What does it mean for the Great Barrier Reef?
Malcolm Turnbull and his colleagues have pointed $1 billion of the government’s existing green energy funding towards the Great Barrier Reef. AAP/Lukas Coch

PolicyCheck: What are the parties really offering to save the Great Barrier Reef?

The Coalition has ramped up the race to fund the Great Barrier Reef's protection. All three major parties have promised hundreds of millions of dollars, but where from, and what will they be spent on?
Professor Morgan Pratchett surveys bleached corals on Australia’s GBR. Cassy Thompson, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Coral Bleaching Taskforce: more than 1,000 km of the Great Barrier Reef has bleached

Bleaching has hit a huge swathe of the Great Barrier Reef, with many corals in the reef's remote northern reaches now expected to die as a result of warm waters linked to this summer's El Niño.
Bleaching events can leave corals weaker in the face of pollution and other stresses. AAP Image/University of Queensland/Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Great Barrier Reef bleaching event: what happens next?

Authorities have moved the Great Barrier Reef onto its highest alert level in response to widespread coral bleaching. Months of monitoring will now be needed to assess the ongoing damage.
After mass bleaching in 1998, more than half of coral reefs in the Seychelles have slowly recovered. Nick Graham

Obituaries for coral reefs may be premature, study finds

Coral reefs are the poster child for the damage people are doing to the world’s oceans. Overfishing, pollution and declining water quality have all taken their toll on reefs around the world. Perhaps the…
Healthy coral on the Great Barrier Reef. New research shows that corals exposed to dredging have increased risk of disease. dion gillard/Flickr

Dredge spoil linked to coral disease, WA study shows

Dredging has a direct impact on coral health, according to a study published today in PLoS ONE that shows for the first time…
Already operating as a coal port, the disposal of dredge material from expanding Abbot Point is now the subject of a legal challenge. GBRMPA

Let’s dump Great Barrier Reef dredging myths: authority chief

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s recent decision to allow 3 million cubic metres of dredge material to be disposed of 25 kilometres off Abbot Point in north Queensland has attracted passionate…

Deep-sea corals reflect Pacific Ocean shift

Long-lived deep-sea corals preserve evidence of a major shift in the Pacific Ocean ecosystem since 1850. The tree-like skeletons…
Coral reefs under the business-as-usual-emission scenario, will quickly decalcify and dissolve. prilfish

Coral will dissolve if CO2 emissions don’t change

The world’s coral reefs will quickly dissolve if greenhouse gas emissions continue on current trends, a new simulation has…
Air pollution has been found to have affected coral growth in the Caribbean over many decades. Lester Kwiatkowski, University of Exeter

Air pollution casts a cloud over coral reef growth

Tiny particles of air pollution can stunt the growth of coral reefs, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience. Using…

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