Ocean Acidification

Danger to Great Barrier Reef growing as reports reveal site's health is declining

Tom Arup and Lisa Cox The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef looks grim, with many of the threats to its environmental health worsening over the past five years and expected to deteriorate further as climate change...

Vanuatu climate worries rise as aid cut off

Peter Hannam Vanuatu’s weather patterns are changing as the planet warms up, undermining the island nation’s ability to feed itself, according to Shirley Laban, Oxfam’s climate change manager...

As oysters die, climate policy takes central stage in US state

Oysters are struggling as oceans become more acidic.

CORAL DAVENPORT Billions of baby oysters in the Pacific inlets here are dying and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington is busy spreading the bad news.

Intensifying ocean acidity from carbon emissions hitting Pacific shellfish industry

Shelling out: acidification signs are on the increase.

Reid Wilson For more than a century, Bill Taylor's family has used the calm, protected waters of Puget Sound to raise oysters, planting billions of larvae in underwater beds and then harvesting them to ship to...

Coastal winds intensifying with climate change, study says

Tony Barboza Summer winds are intensifying along the west coasts of North and South America and southern Africa and climate change is a likely cause, a new study says.

Ten ways you personally will notice the effects of climate change

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Fiona Johnson On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report on the impacts of global warming. Here are 10 practical effects of climate change that you might feel in the home.

IPCC report: how humans are changing the climate

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Peter Hannam Climate change is real, it's happening and the risks are many and rising, so says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its latest report.

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Climate scientists in audit commission's crosshairs

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Peter Hannam The nation’s climate and weather predicting capacity and the jobs of dozens of scientists are at risk if the Abbott government accepts a recommendation of the National Commission of Audit to axe a...

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Rising ocean acidity may spur climate action

Gerard Wynn The world's oceans will become dangerously acidic for corals and shellfish this century if carbon dioxide (CO2) levels continue to rise at current rates, adding to the urgency to reduce manmade CO2...

'Pause' does not show flaw in science

Nick Miller A so-called 'pause' in global warming was addressed by climate scientists in a new report because governments had asked for an explanation, not because it exposes a flaw in the science, a leading...

Analysis

Heat is on as costs of tackling global warming set to soar

Climate change and asylum seekers reflect a big structural shift of our time: globalisation and environmental sustainability.

Ben Cubby The effects of global warming on Australia are well documented. Some are already being seen.

Nation's economy to be hard hit in global warming struggle

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Ben Cubby The effects of global warming on Australia are well documented, and some are already being seen in the form of dry winters, unusual summer heat and early spring bushfires.

IPCC report: Latest climate change findings

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Peter Hannam As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases its Fifth Assessment Report in Stockholm, we analyse its key findings and reactions.

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Risks grow for Antarctic life

Antarctic Krill.

Andrew Darby Turns out it's the little things we need to worry about in climate change. When they are in trouble a great polar ecosystem might also be having problems.

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Stressed krill first sign of damage

Colourful Krill.

Andrew Darby Turns out it's the little things we need to worry about in climate change.

World's oceans being hit by 'silent storm' of acidification, study finds

Coral reefs surrounding Heron Island.

Global warming is causing a silent storm in the oceans by acidifying waters at a record rate, threatening marine life from coral reefs to fish stocks, an international study showed.

The Great Barrier Reef: Just unwell or terminally ill?

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Michael Green Starfish, cyclones, chemicals. If things continue the way they are, the Great Barrier Reef won't be great for much longer.

Time running out to save coral reefs, scientists say

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The chance to save the world's coral reefs from damage caused by climate change is dwindling as man-made greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, scientists said in a study released on Sunday.

Small nations to be hit hardest by more acidic oceans

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Food security problems caused by climate change and ocean acidification will hit small island and coastal nations hardest, environmental group Oceana said on Monday.

Crowned predator reigns on reef

Crown-of-thorns starfish.

Nicky Phillips In 1969, the veteran TV journalist Bob Raymond produced a documentary, Life and Death on the Great Barrier Reef.