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The Conversation

20 May 2014

Why are our oceans important to us? How is our health, the health of the environment, the strength of our economy and indeed, our future, dependent on the seas? How can marine science help us, collectively, to sustainably develop our marine-based industries and at the same time protect our unique marine ecosystems so that they can be appreciated and enjoyed by future generations? Read more

ABC News

08 May 2014

James Cook University (JCU) says its study on seagrass will help inform a north Queensland port authority before dredging starts at the Abbot Point coal terminal at Bowen.

The University of Queensland

05 May 2014

The discovery of musky rat-kangaroo fossils has prompted experts to call for better protection of tropical rainforests after new links show the tiny marsupial cannot survive outside that environment.

The findings come from a study by The University of Queensland and The University of New South Wales. Read more



23 April 2014

NASA satellites are being used to show where polluted water runs into the Great Barrier Reef, helping researchers understand its impacts.

Out-of-this-world techniques are being used to help protect one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Read more

ABC News

22 April 2014

More than 250,000 crown-of-thorns starfish have been removed from the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland in the past two years, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt says.

The pest is considered to be one of the biggest threats to the reef and has traditionally been hard to destroy. Read more



26 March 2014

This animation shows the locations of Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) outbreaks on the Great Barrier Reef over a 28 year period as measured by the Long Term Monitorin Program (LTMP) from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) using Manta Tow surveys. Each dot on the map represents a reef surveyed for COTS. Since reefs are not surveyed every year the animation combines the data over a 2 year moving window for achieve reasonable coverage of the GBR. Read more

The Guardian

31 March 2014

Australia is set to suffer a loss of native species, significant damage to coastal infrastructure and a profoundly altered Great Barrier Reef due to climate change, an exhaustive UN report has found.

Blue & Green Tomorrow

27 March 2014

As human activities make the oceans more acidic many marine species are increasingly being put at risk, including populations of fish that people around the world rely on for food, scientists have warned.

Speaking to the BBC, in an investigation for Newsnight by environment analyst Roger Harrabin, experts warn that rising levels of CO2 are a major threat to aquatic ecosystems. Read more

The Conversation

25 February 2014

This summer we have seen one of the most dramatic animal die-offs ever recorded in Australia: at least 45,500 flying foxes dead on just one extremely hot day in southeast Queensland, according to our new research.

The Newsport Daily

11 February 2014

Of over 173,000 protected areas, the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is the second most ‘irreplaceable’ natural World Heritage Areas on earth and the sixth most irreplaceable protected area, according to a team of international scientists.


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