Tag Archives: corals

Australia seeks $120m for Great Barrier Reef damage from Chinese coal ship

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Shenzhen Energy Transport is arguing against paying for the cleanup of the Douglas Shoal, which was severely damaged when the Shen Neng 1, pictured, went off-course and grounded in April 2010. Photograph: Handout/Getty Images

Federal court hears crash site was contaminated with paint particles tainted with tributyltin but carrier’s owner says cleanup cost ‘unsubstantial and unrealistic’

September 7, 2016 — The Australian government is seeking at least $120m from the owners of a Chinese coal carrier that destroyed part of the Great Barrier Reef.  Continue reading Australia seeks $120m for Great Barrier Reef damage from Chinese coal ship

Are local efforts to save coral reefs bound to fail

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This photo provided by the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, taken in February 2015, shows coral after bleaching in American Samoa, when the XL Catlin Seaview Survey responded to a NOAA coral bleaching alert. Devastating bleaching of colorful coral is spreading into a rare worldwide crisis, scientists announced, predicting it will likely get worse. (XL Catlin Seaview Survey via AP) Photograph: XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AP

Two recent reports on the state of the world’s coral reefs appear to contradict each other. But which is right?

August 2, 2016 — Over the last six weeks, scientists have published two major reports on coral reef resilience that appear to contradict each other. The first – “Bright spots among the world’s coral reefs” Continue reading Are local efforts to save coral reefs bound to fail

Great Barrier Reef, advisers call for cap on farm pollution

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The Great Barrier Reef significantly more investment to improve water quality, government advisers say. Photograph: Matt Curnock/AFP/Getty Images

Taskforce head reportedly tells Queensland government ‘we’re stuffed with a capital S’ if water quality isn’t improved

May 25, 2016 — A cap on pollution from farms close to the Great Barrier Reef has been proposed by advisers to the Queensland government. Continue reading Great Barrier Reef, advisers call for cap on farm pollution

Calls for climate action over Great Barrier Reef bleaching

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‘WAKE-UP CALL.’ An undated handout photo obtained on March 21, 2016 shows a diver filming a reef affected by bleaching off Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Photo from XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AFP
‘The reef can recover but we must speed up the shift to clean, renewable energy,’ says environmental group WWF

SYDNEY, Australia (Mar. 21, 2016) — Environmental groups Monday, March 21, urged greater action on climate change after the government sounded the alarm over severe coral bleaching in the pristine northern reaches of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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Ocean acidification slowing coral reef growth

First scientific study on a natural coral reef shows the effect of acidification caused by global warming, rather than common factors in reef decline

March 10, 2016 — Coral reefs are having their growth stunted by ocean acidification caused by global warming, new research has confirmed.

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Climate change will lead to deformed and virus-hit coral reefs

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Heron Island reef, Queensland, part of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, affected by a major bleaching event. Photograph: Courtesy of Oregon State University
Bleaching events triggered by CO2 emissions will make oceans acidic and hostile for coral growth, new studies say

February 22, 2016 —Coral will become deformed and increasingly fall victim to outbreaks of herpes-like viruses as humans continue to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to two new studies.

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