Turtles

Turtles and unexploded bombs prove to be happy bedfellows

Deborah Smith This dry season, the cycle of life has continued as normal for the flatback sea turtles that nest on Bare Sand Island, a deserted patch of sand dunes off the coast west of Darwin.

Plastic greatest danger for marine turtles

New research from the Earthwatch program Turtles in Trouble shows that 36 per cent of marine turtles are affected by marine rubbish, with soft plastic being the major villain.

More endangered turtles found

A new population of endangered broad-shelled turtles has been found in billabongs in northern Victoria after record rains.

Endangered baby turtles back in wild

Four critically endangered baby loggerhead turtles have been returned to the ocean off the Gold Coast.

Endangered pig-nosed turtles sent home

A baby pig-nosed turtle

About 600 turtles with pig-like snouts, believed to have been caught in the wild in Indonesia, have been returned home.

Man pleads guilty to smuggling turtles

A Japanese man has pleaded guilty to smuggling 55 live turtles and tortoises into the United States by hiding them in snack-food boxes.

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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Shell shock

GOOD WEEKEND. TURTLES. Swimming with turtles on Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Picture Paul Harris. Monday 3 March 2014

Tim Elliott The sea turtle, one of the earth's oldest creatures, is facing a battle for survival.

Great Barrier Reef: Governments say world heritage site not in danger from development

Tom Arup Australia has argued it is making substantial progress on the United Nations' requests for better protection of the Great Barrier Reef and that it should not be listed among world heritage sites ''in...

Fears for reef over port developments

Great Barrier Reef.

Tom Allard Much of the Great Barrier Reef is continuing to degrade, especially areas closest to the mainland, where new port developments are awaiting approval from the federal government.

Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson comes ashore

Paul Watson.

Andrew Darby The extraordinary maritime odyssey of Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson has ended with him coming ashore to join former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown in fighting a US court case.

Poor report card on reef's health

An assessment of the Great Barrier Reef confirmed it was facing some difficulties.

Tom Allard Much of the Great Barrier Reef is continuing to degrade, especially in the inner areas where a slew of new port developments are proposed and waiting approval from the federal government.

Taronga Zoo: Marine expert says saving dolphins is not enough

Sea lion

Esther Han That familiar dolphin sticker slapped on tuna cans for two decades worked. The global dolphin-friendly campaign has seen the death rates of dolphins captured in fishing gear plunge by 99 per cent,...

Jellyfish winning the fight for food - against humans

Jellyfish

Peter Hannam When it comes to jellyfish on Australian beaches, getting stung may be the least of our worries.

Marine ecologists urge rethink of shark netting after fatal attack

Shark sign

Lucy Carroll The use of shark netting in NSW is a ''drastic measure'' that damages sea life and prevents few deaths, say marine ecologists.

The Great Barrier Reef: Just unwell or terminally ill?

The Great Barrier Reef

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

Zac Young shark attack prompts the question: how should the government respond?

Tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier off Raine Island, Great Barrier Reef  World Heritage Area , Queensland, Australia
Tiger shark, Shark Bay WA

Rory Callinan The sea was unwelcoming at Campbells Beach on the morning of November 30. Local surf school owner Lee Winkler happened by the deep, stony-bottomed bay north of Coffs Harbour and took note of the...

Labor teams up with Abbott government to weaken environmental law

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Peter Hannam Ministers will no longer be forced to consider formal conservation advice for endangered species in projects approved before the end of this year, under changes to the national environment law agreed...

Mining bigger threat to reef than agriculture, says scientist

The Great Barrier Reef

Bridie Smith Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, says one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality will...

Mining dwarfs farming as threat to health of Great Barrier Reef, marine scientist warns

The Great Barrier Reef

Bridie Smith Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, according to one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality...