‘Impossible Task’ – Threats to healthy reef: ABC Radio National – RN Breakfast

Without better local management, the world’s most iconic ecosystems are at risk of collapse under climate change, say researchers in a study published in the journal Science.

Professor Terry Hughes speaks to ABC RN Environment Editor, Gregg Borschmann

Dredging can double rate of coral disease: Radio Australia 17 July 2014

Corals with White Syndrome. Image: F Joseph PollockA world-first study has found that dredging can more than double the level of coral disease in reefs. Scientists have known for decades that dredging can smother corals, but this is the first time it’s been linked to diseases.
Joe Pollock, Centre researcher speaks with Jake Sturmer, ABC Environment reporter

Runoff killing coral: 27 November 2013

Fish swimming in Bleached CoralA major study in the United States has confirmed what’s long been suspected here in Australia and elsewhere – agricultural nutrients leaking into the ocean, through run-off, are causing corals to become diseased and bleached.

Global warming prompts major sea life migration: 12 August 2013

A major international study has found profound changes in the migratory patterns of marine life globally as a result of global warming.

Great Barrier Reef in danger: 13 May 2013

Great Barrier Reef AerialIt’s one of the state’s greatest national assets, but UNESCO are considering putting the Great Barrier Reef on their “In danger” list.

Steve Austin spoke to Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute.

Tuna industry in climate change hot water, say researchers: 14 April 2013

fish 2Marine scientists say climate change is set to create both winners and losers in the Pacific, with some countries seeing a gain in tuna stock at the expense of others.

Beef protein tackles the reef starfish: 8 October 2012

A protein found in beef is the latest weapon to be deployed in the war against the crown of thorns starfish.


New ways to protect Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: 27 August 2012

Australia’s Northeastern state of Queensland is going through a resources boom that requires the building of new ports opposite the World Heritage, Great Barrier Reef.

Local strategies might help save coral from warming: 21 August 2012

An Australian marine scientist says innovative new techniques might help coral reefs survive ocean warming and acidification.


Overfishing having disastrous affect on coral reefs: 13 July 2012

The word from the Coral Reefs Conference in Cairns is that the world’s reefs are in crisis.


Illegal fishing hits PNG’s reefs: 12 July 2012

The International Coral Reef Symposium is continuing in Australia’s north-eastern city of Cairns.


Solomon Island’s reefs blasted by explosives: 11 July 2012

The International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns, in far north Queensland has heard that many reefs in the Pacific region are threatened by over fishing.

Coral reefs important for ecosystems and tourism: 11 July 2012

An international conference in Australia’s far north Queensland has heard more dire warnings about the impact of climate change on coral reefs.


Climate change could make Barrier Reef ‘boring’: 10 July 2012

A marine scientist says the Great Barrier Reef will be “boring and full of rubble” by the end of the century unless urgent action is taken to slow the rate of ocean acidification.

Indonesia enlists fishermen to protect reefs: 10 July 2012

Three years in the making, the International Coral Reef Symposium has opened in the Australian city of Cairns with a call to governments around the world to take action to preserve coral reefs.

Delegates to discuss climate impact on reefs: 10 July 2012

Delegates at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns will today turn their attention to the impact of climate change on coral reefs around the world.

International Coral Reef Symposium kicks off in Australia: 9 July 2012

Scientists from more than 80 countries are in Cairns in far north Queensland for the International Coral Reef Symposium.


Call to save coral reefs: 9 July 2012

More than 2500 marine researchers have signed a statement calling for immediate action on climate change to save the world’s remaining coral reefs.

Urgent action needed to preserve coral reefs, say researchers: 9 July 2012

A new report has found that more than 85 per cent of coral reefs in the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and East Timor are threatened by local human activities.

Increased carbon dioxide in seawater worries researchers: 22 May 2012

A team from the Australian Institute of Marine Science has return to their base in Townsville from Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, where they have been studying the affect of carbon dioxide on coral.

Scientists want more protection for Australia’s Coral Sea: 16 February 2012

More than 300 scientists from around the world have signed a consensus statement warning the Australian government that its proposed marine reserve in the Coral Sea has some serious shortcomings.

High CO2 in ocean can cause brain damage in fish: 23 January 2012

An international team of scientists says rising carbon dioxide concentrations in sea water can cause significant damage to the brains of fish.

Temperature rise blamed for coral bleaching: 24 November 2011

Australian scientists have gained a new insight into the causes of coral bleaching.


Scientists name rock bottom rules for coral reef: 27 September 2011

For years, there’s been growing unease about overfishing in the waters surrounding some of the world’s most populated regions.


Satellites enlisted to test reef health: 22 September 2011

In Australia, a researcher has been using satellites to study coral reefs to predict the nature and abundance of fish populations.


Global warming links to coral bleaching: 28 October 2010

Marine scientists are linking human-induced global warming to the widespread coral bleaching that occurred across Asia and parts of the Pacific this year.

SE Asia coral bleaching ‘man made’: 20 October 2010

Marine scientists are linking human induced global warming to widespread coral bleaching that has occurred in South East Asia this year.

Climate change threatens ‘Finding Nemo’ clownfish: 8 July 2010

Australian biologists are warning that global warming could be the end of the clownfish.


Monsoons spare reefs from bleaching events: 28 June 2010

After facing what appeared to be a gloomy outlook there is finally some good news for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Queensland Uni’s new climate change study institute: 10 March 2010

The Director of Australia’s newest climate change research institute wants to involve both the physical and social science disciplines in finding a way to deal with climate change.

What will global warming mean for coral reefs?: 29 December 2009

World leaders in Copenhagen have agreed, in principal, to limit global temperature increases to no more than two degrees.

How reefs cope with Copenhagen two degree limit: 24 December 2009

World leaders in Copenhagen agreed, in principal, to limit global temperature increases to no more than two degrees, but assuming that is achieved what will it mean for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and Pacific reefs in general? Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is an internationally-respected marine biologist, a pioneer of reef research and presently with Australia’s University of Queensland.

Coral spawning myth debunked: 10 September 2009

For years, scientists believed that coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef spawned once a year after the full moon in October or November.


Female Green Turtles take over the ocean: 20 August 2009

Australia is home to the world’s largest population of green sea turtles.


French Polynesian coral shows adaption, not extinction: 15 July 2009

A study of coral reefs off French Polynesia has found that some species are likely to survive climate change.

Rising temperature turns turtles into females: 8 June 2009

Today is World Oceans Day, and it appears turtles have become the latest victims of climate change, with rising temperatures having caused a gender imbalance.

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