This is not an imaginary future dystopia. It's a scientific projection of Australia under 3℃ of global warming – a future we must both strenuously try to avoid, but also prepare for.
A sea cucumber living on the Great Barrier Reef inter-reef seafloor.
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We are only just beginning to understand the importance of this deep and hidden area of the inter-reef that supports a rich diversity of marine life.
Iconic ecosystems, from coral reefs to Tasmania's ancient forests, are collapsing across the continent and into Antarctica. It's not too late to act — in fact, our lives depend on it.
The health of five World Heritage sites in Australia has worsened, according to a sobering report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
University of Queensland
DNA from the humble sea sponge is shedding light on the "dark matter" that makes up much of our genomes.
Mikaela Nordborg/Australian Institute of Marine Science
New research involving CRISPR technology has furthered our understanding of corals' gene functions. Specifically, it has revealed a mechanism underpinning how corals withstand heat stress.
Achieving a radically different tomorrow will require more than a purely technocratic approach. So now, imagine you are in the year 2050 ...
There are fundamental knowledge gaps around coral in the Great Barrier Reef, including how many species live there and where they're found. Our new study finally starts to fill those gaps.
National governments are using political lobbying and empty symbolic efforts to stave off an "in danger" listing for their World Heritage sites.
Restoring the reef represents one of the most significant science and technology challenges in the history of nature conservation.
We might need to ignore climate change right now if only to save our sanity, but it certainly hasn’t been ignoring us.
Coral bleaching last summer was severe and widespread. And for the first time, severe bleaching has struck all three regions of the Great Barrier Reef.
From a scientific perspective, the results are fascinating and world-first. From a personal perspective, what I saw will stay with me for a long time.
A coral reef in the Similan Islands, Thailand.
Fish larvae will swim towards the sounds of a desirable reef, but degraded reefs cannot be rebuilt on sound alone.
Australia’s report to UNESCO on the Great Barrier Reef obscures damage to key world heritage values, such as coral.
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Australia says the reef's world heritage values are fine and the threats are in hand. But the reality is far different.
Morrison declared defiantly Australia was ‘doing our bit’ and ‘we reject any suggestion to the contrary’.
While a new report from the IPCC highlights the need for urgent climate change action, Morrison used his address to the UN to strongly defend the government's performance on climate change.
George Christensen and Bob Katter seem to be using the science replication crisis to cast doubt on research findings that farmers don’t like.
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Across science, only around half of published results can be successfully replicated. But while this is a serious problem, the proposed public audit looks like a political bid to cast doubt on science.
A researcher completing bleaching surveys in the southern Great Barrier Reef after a major bleaching event.
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Few feel the pain of the Great Barrier Reef's decline more acutely than the scientists trying to save it. Ahead of a UN climate summit, two researchers write of their grief, and hope.
A helicopter view of Bait Reef in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
We all know that climate change is hurting the Great Barrier Reef. But scores of other less-publicised threats also threaten the future of the natural wonder.
Tourists snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, the outlook for which has been officially rated “very poor”.
It’s official. The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef has been downgraded to “very poor”, and the window to act is closing.