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Australia had third-hottest year ever in 2017, weather bureau says

australia's highest record since 1910
he national mean temperature of 22.76C was the third-highest since records began in 1910. Photograph: Glenn Campbell/AAP

Bureau says despite the lack of El Niño, Queensland and New South Wales experienced their hottest year on record

January 9, 2018 — Queensland and New South Wales experienced their warmest years on record in 2017 as the trend of warmer than average temperatures across Australia continued, the Bureau of Meteorology said. Continue reading Australia had third-hottest year ever in 2017, weather bureau says

Severe coral reef bleaching now ‘five times more frequent’ than 40 years ago

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Scientific diver taking notes during coral bleaching event at Alcatrazes island, Sao Paulo state shore, Brazil. Credit: Leo Francini / Alamy Stock Photo.

Mass coral reef bleaching events have become five times more common worldwide over the past 40 years, new research finds, with climate change playing a significant role in the rise

January 4, 2018 — The scale of bleaching has been rising steadily in the last four decades, a study author tells Carbon Brief, with the global proportion of coral being hit by bleaching per year rising from 8% in the 1980s to 31% in 2016. Continue reading Severe coral reef bleaching now ‘five times more frequent’ than 40 years ago

Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

the leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet
The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet. David Attenborough travels to Trinidad to meet a community trying to save these giants. Photograph: Gavin Thurston

Blue Planet 2 producers say final episode lays bare shocking damage humanity is wreaking in the seas, from climate change to plastic pollution to noise

December 5, 2017 — The world’s oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough. The seas are a vital part of the global ecosystem, leaving the future of all life on Earth dependent on humanity’s actions, he says. Continue reading Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’

scientists hope to restore damaged coral on the great barrier reef
Scientists hope to restore damaged coral on the Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Auscape / UIG/Getty Images/Universal Images Group

Project, which could help restore damaged coral populations, has seen success in the Philippines

November 26, 2017 — Scientists have stepped in as environmental matchmakers by breeding baby coral on the Great Barrier Reef in a move that could have worldwide significance. Continue reading Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’

Queensland farmers suspected to have defied tree clearing controls in ‘deforestation frenzy’

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Land clearing in Wombinoo. Photograph: Courtesy of the Wilderness Society

Native vegetation was home to several threatened species and was in a Great Barrier Reef catchment

November 24, 2017 — Queensland farmers are suspected of having defied rare federal government intervention and cleared a large swath of land without commonwealth approval, according to conservationists. Continue reading Queensland farmers suspected to have defied tree clearing controls in ‘deforestation frenzy’

From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

mount kilimanjaro - a natural wonder at risk from climate change as its glaciers shrink
Mount Kilimanjaro – a natural wonder at risk from climate change as its glaciers shrink. Photograph: khanbm52/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe

November 13, 2017 — From the Everglades in the US to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, climate change is destroying the many of the greatest wonders of the natural world. Continue reading From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

More coral bleaching feared for Great Barrier Reef in coming months

coral bleaching in great barrier reef
The coral bleaching events of 2016 and this year are said to have killed about half the Great Barrier Reef’s coral cover. Photograph: Greenpeace/Reuters

The next event, if it occurs, may not be as damaging as the previous two, but could ruin the chances of coral recovery

November 3, 2017 — The Great Barrier Reef could face more bleaching in the coming months, following unprecedented mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which are believed to have killed half the coral. Continue reading More coral bleaching feared for Great Barrier Reef in coming months

Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves undermines global protection

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David Suzuki has implored Australia to ‘wake up’ and face the interconnected issues of climate change and ocean health. Photograph: Scott Oates

Conservationist and 1,461 other scientists release statement describing Australia’s oceans as a ‘global asset’ that must be protected

September 26, 2017 — Growing global momentum to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing could be undermined by Australia, warns renowned conservationist David Suzuki and more than 1,461 other scientists. Continue reading Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves undermines global protection

Government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF

land clearing in queensland
Land clearing in Queensland is an increasing danger to the environment and threatened species because the federal government is failing to enforce laws. Photograph: WWF Australia

Huge spike in Queensland land clearing destroys ecological communities and habitat of threatened species, according to analysis

July 11, 2017 — The federal government is allowing the huge spike in land clearing in Queensland to destroy threatened ecological communities, the habitat of threatened species and increase Continue reading Government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF

Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change – Unesco

unesco demands strong climate action
The world heritage convention demands strong action on climate change to protect coral reefs, Unesco says. Photograph: Justin Blank

Custodians of world heritage-listed sites should aim to keep global temperature increases to just 1.5°C, UN agency says

July 11, 2017 — Countries with responsibility over world heritage-listed coral reefs should adopt ambitious climate change targets, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would keep Continue reading Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change – Unesco