The Newsport Daily

29 August 2013

It would cost the Australian Government an additional $8 million a year to give the Great Barrier Reef a fighting chance against the latest Crown of Thorns starfish infestation, according to the Queensland Resources Council.

QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche told Cairns business leaders on Monday that the investment could help turn the tide against the coral predator. Read more




The Sydney Morning Herald

16 December 2014

It perhaps may not have thrilled the female of the coral species but marine biologists are excited by a spectacular marine event that saw the majority of Great Barrier Reef coral spawn in less than two hours last week. Read more



Cairns Post

11 September 2014

A 10-YEAR study that involved thousands of underwater camera drops has found no-fishing zones are boosting shark numbers on the Great Barrier Reef.

Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University also identified a strong link between coral reef health and shark populations. Read more




Science Codex

18 July 2014

A new approach to measuring biodiversity has uncovered some biologically important but currently unprotected areas in Western Australia, while confirming the significance of the world heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforests in the country's north-east.

In a paper published yesterday (Friday 18 July) in Nature Communications, scientists from CSIRO, University of California, University of Canberra, the Australian Tropical Herbarium at James Cook University and University of New South Wales applied the new method to Australia's iconic AcaciaRead more



The Conversation

23 August 2013

Although it is far from the power stations, roads and flight paths of the populated world, the Southern Ocean is already responding to climate change. Average sea temperatures in some parts have risen by about 1°C in 50 years.

This is a significant change for creatures such as Antarctic krill that live within a narrow range of temperatures spanning no more than 6°C. These tiny but abundant crustaceans are perhaps best known as the reason why half a dozen whale species migrate to the cold waters of the Southern Ocean each summer to feed. They are also familiar from their appearance in animated form on the big screen and as krill oil, a health supplement, on supermarket shelves. Read more




Brisbane Times

09 August 2013

The federal government has delayed approval for the construction of the world's biggest coal port in Queensland until after the federal election.

Environment minister Mark Butler said several new reports into the impact of dredging for the expanded coal-loading terminal at Abbot Point, about 25 kilometres north of Bowen on the Queensland coast, would be released to the public before a decision was made. Read more




Brisbane Times

10 December 2013

The federal government has approved several massive resource projects on the Great Barrier Reef coast, including the dredging and dumping of sludge near the reef and a new coal export terminal.

Environmentalists have hit out at the decision, with the WWF and the Greens saying it further industrialises and threatens the world heritage-listed icon. Read more




The Conversation

10 October 2013

Australia is already feeling the effects of climate change, with record-breaking temperatures not just over summer, but over the past 12 months as well. Research suggests that such events are many times more likely thanks to climate change.

The IPDD fifth assessment report on climate science found evidence for climate change is unequivocal. The impacts of increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events on people and our environment are real and undeniable. But what’s happening to our animals and plants? Our research in Queensland is starting to give us some clues. Read more




The Conversation

23 July 2013

Rising temperatures are linked to a decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption by tropical forests, according to a 50-year study published today.

Greenhouse gases, such as CO2, contribute to global warming, sea level rises and extreme weather events, previous studies have shown. Read more

15 October 2013

CANBERRA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Australian scientists found that an innovative new approach to sugar cane plantation weed management trialed in select Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchments have shown a dramatic 90 percent reduction in runoff of highly soluble herbicides into waterways, a latest research statement of CSIRO, Australian national science body, showed on Tuesday.

The results of the study have been published in the international journal Science of the Total Environment. It is supported by the Australian federal government through Reef Rescue Research and Development funding from Caring for Our Country Initiative. The Reef Rescue program is a five-year, 200-million-AU dollars (almost 189.3 million US dollars) investment by the Australian government. Read more



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