Great Barrier Reef

Ex-Great Barrier Reef official criticises spoil dredging

A former senior director with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has spoken out against the department's decision to allow dredge spoil to be dumped in the marine park off Abbot Point.

Climate change biggest Great Barrier Reef threat: report

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Climate change is the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef, according to a major new report.

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Great Barrier Reef will be 'pretty ugly' by 2050

Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is in the worst state it's been in since records began and will be "pretty ugly" within 40 years, Australian scientists say.

Mega ports to be allowed near Great Barrier Reef

Abbot Point coal terminal.

Five mega ports will be allowed along the Queensland coast, mainly in areas near the Great Barrier Reef.

Great Barrier Reef water quality remains poor: report

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt watches as Queensland counterpart Andrew Powell signs the $40 million Reef Trust in Brisbane.

Tony Moore A report card shows water quality in the "inshore'' of the Great Barrier Reef remains poor.

Great Barrier Reef water quality remains poor but signs of improvement: report

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Tony Moore A major report card shows water quality in the inshore of the Great Barrier Reef remains poor, despite reductions in pesticides and nutrients flowing on to the reef.

NASA satellites used to protect Great Barrier Reef

A photo of Bundaberg and the heavily sediment-laden flood plume moving out into the coast from the mouth of the Burnett River during the 2012-2013 wet season

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

eReefs tool to assess health of the Great Barrier Reef

Just Great: the Reef still amazes.

Cameron Atfield Measuring the impact on the Great Barrier Reef of industry and disasters such as the recent tropical cyclone Ita has been made a whole lot easier with the introduction of a new satellite based...

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Great Barrier Reef trust promised by Coalition

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Tony Moore The Coalition wants to set up a $40 million Reef Trust - jointly co-ordinated by Queensland and federal governments - to manage the Great Barrier Reef.

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Two bombs to remain on Great Barrier Reef

Members of the US Navy recover bombs from the Great Barrier Reef.

Two bombs dropped on the Great Barrier reef during a botched military exercise have been recovered and disposed of, while two others will remain on the sea floor.

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Toxic waste releases never permitted by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Tony Moore The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has never issued a permit for wastewater to be released to the reef from the nickel plant near Townsville, which has been owned by mining entrepreneur...

Clive Palmer's waste could leak onto Great Barrier Reef: Minister

Clive Palmer presser (Thumbnail)

Tony Moore ‘‘Significant risk’’ toxic sludge from Queensland Nickel refinery will contaminate the Great Barrier Reef, says government.

Greens promise dredging no-go zones for Great Barrier Reef

The Greens have promised to set clear ‘‘no-go zones’’ for port dredging as part of a $176 million Great Barrier Reef protection package announced in Airlie Beach on Friday.

Major Queensland coal railway gets the nod

Abbot Point coal terminal.

A rail line linking what will be one of the world's biggest coal mines to a port on the Great Barrier Reef coast has been approved.

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Campbell Newman calls on Adani to employ 'Queenslanders first'

Queensland premier Campbell Newman is urging Adani to prioritise Queensland workers.

Amy Remeikis Premier Campbell Newman has called for a "Queenslanders first'' employment policy on a rail project that will provide a link between a major coal mine and a port.

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Dive operator John Heuvel blasted by coroner

SPECIAL 00013440 pic davetease.  news.  story danielle woolage..  5 5 Year old Henry Whyte and his dad Chris, enjoying a spot of learner snorkelling at Bushrangers Bay Bass Point, today.

Cameron Atfield A Queensland coroner has been scathing of a far north Queensland diving operator in her findings into the death of a Chinese tourist in 2010, saying he poses a “possible danger to public...

Coal dust 'spread across Barrier Reef': Professor

Professor Terry Hughes of James Cook University.

Coal dust has spread throughout the Great Barrier Reef and exceeds toxic levels near the shore, a Senate inquiry has heard.

Tony Fitzgerald slams Newman's 'politically motivated' apology

Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald says Premier Campbell Newman's apology was insincere.

Amy Remeikis Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald has labelled the government’s attempt at reconciliation with the legal community and voters a “politically motivated expression of regret for its...

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Dredging linked to coral disease: Queensland study

Queensland researchers find says twice as much coral disease was recorded in areas where dredged sediment had drifted and settled.

Dredge plume from coastal developments can stress coral, making them more prone to chronic diseases, Queensland researchers have found.

Study sparks renewed debate over dredging

The effect of dredging on reefs has come up for renewed debate after a new study.

New research linking coral diseases to dredging has sparked renewed debate over the potential impact of the practice on the Great Barrier Reef.