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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’

Australia’s gas export industry sheds value while tightening local supply

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LNG plants on Curtis Island. ‘The whole project was built on over-inflated forecasts,’ an analyst has said of the Santos devaluation. Photograph: Matthew Abbott for the Guardian

Santos wipes more than $1bn from its LNG plant in Queensland – just a week after Origin announced a similar devaluation

August 15, 2017 — Australia’s natural gas export boom, which is causing soaring gas prices and pushing up carbon emissions, appears to be rapidly shedding value. Continue reading Australia’s gas export industry sheds value while tightening local supply

Biosecurity blitz to target red fire ants that threaten Australian way of life

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A red fire ant found in Brisbane. The venomous ants, if established, could infest every state and territory in Australia. Photograph: Department of Primary Industries/AAP

Second-biggest biosecurity operation in nation’s history sees $411m committed to eradicating invasive species that threatens agriculture, wildlife, tourism and outdoor lifestyle

July 26, 2017 — They are one of the world’s worst invasive species, and now, more than two decades after they are believed to have arrived in Australia, the country is launching the second-biggest Continue reading Biosecurity blitz to target red fire ants that threaten Australian way of life

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

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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

Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef worse than expected, surveys show

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Staghorn coral killed by bleaching on the northern Great Barrier Reef, as shown in November 2016. Experts predict further coral cover decline in 2017. Photograph: Greg Torda/AP

Surveys taken throughout 2016 show escalating impact from north to south, with 70% of shallow water corals dead north of Port Douglas

May 29, 2017 — Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef last year was even worse than expected, while the full impact of the most recent event is yet to be determined. Continue reading Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef worse than expected, surveys show

Extreme weather is hurting Australian farmers – it’s time to demand action

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All Australians will suffer if we lose agricultural production in food bowl areas because of climate change. Photograph: Dave and Les Jacobs/Getty Images/Blend Images

Heat, drought and floods are affecting Australia’s food security but shoppers can support farmers by learning about the origins of their groceries

May 11, 2017 — It’s easy to switch off during the weekly grocery shop. Everything we need is conveniently at our fingertips, so why bother thinking about where it comes from? If we pick up a banana Continue reading Extreme weather is hurting Australian farmers – it’s time to demand action

Big clean-up under way in flood-ravaged Australia

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SUBMERGED. This handout from the Queensland Police Service taken on March 29, 2017 shows flood waters submerging part of a highway near the Cyclone Debbie-hit Bowen area in Queensland. Queensland Police Service

The Insurance Council of Australia estimates the damage bill could reach Aus$1 billion (US$770 million)

SYDNEY, Australia (Apr. 3, 2017) — A “gut-wrenching” clean-up was in full swing Monday, April 3, as floodwaters receded across parts of Australia devastated by a cyclone, with residents and business owners returning to thick mud, piles of debris and ruined property. Continue reading Big clean-up under way in flood-ravaged Australia

Great Barrier Reef authority a ‘shell of its former self’, says Queensland minister

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According to conservationists, due to underfunding, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority risks being left unable to deal with the challenges of coral bleaching, the impacts of climate change, poor water quality and industrialisation Photograph: Justin Blank/AAP

Environment minister Steven Miles calls on federal government to fast-track extra $1.65m for agency tasked with protecting the reef

November 7, 2016 — Queensland’s environment minister has flagged concerns that the agency tasked with protecting the Great Barrier Reef is running as a “shell of its former self” amid the underfunding of a cornerstone program.  Continue reading Great Barrier Reef authority a ‘shell of its former self’, says Queensland minister

NASA scans Great Barrier Reef to find answers to coral’s poor health

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A US$15m three-year coral reef airborne laboratory mission promises to solve outstanding mysteries of what drives coral reef health. Photograph: NASA

Impetus for the new survey came from analysis that could not find clear link between reef health and human impacts

September 14, 2016 — Scientists working on a NASA-led project are scanning large swathes of the Great Barrier Reef as part of the biggest assessment of the world’s coral reefs ever undertaken.  Continue reading NASA scans Great Barrier Reef to find answers to coral’s poor health