New data shows coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef is at a record high, despite a disturbing decade of marine heatwaves, cyclones and floods. While the data is robust, it can be deceptive.
Three chief authors of the State of the Environment Report provide its key findings. While it’s a sobering read, there are a few bright spots.
Efforts to save the reef aren’t tackling the main cause: climate change. What we need from our next federal government is strong leadership to avert the climate crisis.
We don’t have to passively sit back and watch Australia’s species and ecosystems die. Here are five concrete steps the next government should take.
The fate of nature underpins our economy and health. Yet in the election campaign to date, there’s been a deafening silence about it.
Look beyond the fanfare about large infrastructure projects like Hells Gate and what we are left with is a largely business-as-usual budget for regional Australia
Coral reefs that suffer widespread bleaching can still recover if conditions improve, but it’s estimated to take up to 12 years. And that’s if no more bleaching events occur.
Coral in the Great Barrier Reef is once again bleaching, with water temperatures up to 3℃ higher than normal in some places.
The reef is suffering environmental conditions that are so extreme, scientists are struggling to simulate these scenarios in laboratories.
Throughout the past 230 years, over 1,200 vessels met their end on the reef – but only 114 have been found.
Saving the Great Barrier Reef is not about throwing money at it – what matters is how the dollars are spent.
The package comes as the Morrison government tries to convince the World Heritage Committee it is making every effort to preserve the reef.
The old ways of keeping giant clam species healthy won’t work with climate change. We need new techniques - and fast.
New research shows just 2% of the Great Barrier Reef remains untouched by bleaching since 1998. Its future survival depends on how much higher we allow global temperatures to rise.
Goby fish and coral rely on each other to survive. But new research found gobies are declining under climate change, dealing a double blow to Australia’s reefs.
The push for a new environmental crime has attracted high-profile backers including French President Emmanuel Macron, Pope Francis and Greta Thunberg. But we must get the details right.
The remarkably resilient structure is in good health, for now. But work is needed to ensure it is preserved for future generations.
Academic research can shed light on crucial questions about what life on Earth will be like under the most plausible emissions scenarios. And a warning: the answers are confronting.
Australia may warm by 4℃ or more this century, the IPCC has found. As these IPCC authors explain, there is no going back from some changes in the climate system.
Friday’s decision from the World Heritage Committee doesn’t change the irrefutable evidence that dangerous impacts are occurring on the Great Barrier Reef.