Literary and artistic engagements have helped to shape the region into the iconic landscape it is today.
Dozens of reefs around the world have bleached in the past three years, of which the Great Barrier Reef was merely the most high-profile.
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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 is reeling under a combination of bleaching, over-fishing and land clearing.
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The Great Barrier Reef has avoided being listed as "in danger" by UNESCO. But celebrating this is dangerously short-sighted.
Australia’s Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage wilderness, but many other pristine places lack similar protection.
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Wilderness areas are vitally important, yet are largely overlooked by the United Nations' list of natural World Heritage. This week's meeting in Poland is a chance to redress that balance.
The “Door of Europe” monument, which commemorates migrants who died on their journey, is seen on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
The island of Lampedusa in Italy has become the symbol of how a community can welcome migrants — for better or for worse.
Chinese ceramics recovered from the 9th century Belitung shipwreck in Indonesia, now held at the Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore)
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Archaeologists this week found that more than half of of HMAS Perth, a WWII wreck in Indonesia, has disappeared. It's now a race to protect the millions of other wrecks and sunken cities lying under the oceans.
Melbourne’s Flinders Street station is transformed into a stage for the 2013 White Night.
Melbourne may be the self-proclaimed music capital of Australia, but industry data suggests Sydney may have the upper hand. Meanwhile the UN recognises Adelaide as the country's only city of music.
Press freedom is being undermined by the global trend towards mass surveillance and data retention.
On World Press Freedom Day, we must deal with the threat data collection and surveillance poses to journalism.
The Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing a second wave of bleaching.
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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.
It’s not enough for textbooks just to be present in a classroom. They must support learning.
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Textbooks in sufficient quantities are effective in improving the quality of education but in Africa language poses a problem to how pupils interact with the material they are taught.
Children at school in Mali, which is among the countries that’s prioritised mother tongue education.
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Over the years, our understanding of how language and learning are linked has shifted and changed. There is ample evidence about the value of mother-tongue-based multilingual education.
UNESCO-listed heritage site Machu Picchu attracts around 1,000 tourists a day.
Is UNESCO's prestigious lists of tangible and intangible heritage damaging the very existence of the sites on them?
Jerusalem is mentioned on this 2,700-year-old papyrus.
A mysterious papyrus said to come from the Judaen Desert could be the first to reveal the name of Jerusalem.
The right to a better future.
A report tracking progress on new global education goals shows how far there is to go.
Visits to Belize’s reefs have been climbing, despite them being listed as World Heritage in Danger since 2009.
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Australia's government has lobbied hard to avoid the Great Barrier Reef being described internationally as being in danger. But that publicity wouldn't necessarily hit tourism that hard anyway.
Most South Africans are dependent on unaffordable mobile data to access the Internet.
Indra de Lanerolle
It is time to demand the 'positive right' of affordable access if we want internet freedom for all.
Perception is everything when it comes to Great Barrier Reef tourism.
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All mention of Australia has been removed from an international report on climate change on the grounds that it would damage tourism. Here's the evidence.
Ethiopians reading newspapers in the capital Addis Ababa. The country’s media is among the most repressed on the continent.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
Political will could have rescued Palmyra. Here's why it didn't.
The temple of Baal Shamin in Palmyra, which has been destroyed by ISIS in Palmyra.
Barely a week after ISIS beheaded Khaled al-Asaad, the Syrian expert who devoted his life to the study of Palmyra, the group is reported to have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old temple dedicated to Baalshamin…