Great Barrier Reef

Penalties for harming Great Barrier Reef raised

Amy Remeikis Damaging the Great Barrier Reef just got more expensive. As part of the Environmental Protection Act, passed overnight, courts will be asked to consider the significance of the Great Barrier Reef to...

Climate change biggest Great Barrier Reef threat: report

Great Barrier Reef

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

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Ex-Great Barrier Reef official criticises spoil dredging

Environmentalists and some scientists say dredge spoil will harm the Great Barrier Reef.

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.

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Great Barrier Reef plan 'like saving a sinking ship with a thimble'

Conservationists worry the Great Barrier Reef management plan is too little, too late.

Amy Remeikis Conservationists already doubting 35-year plan will work.

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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

Great Barrier Reef

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.

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.

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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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.

Great Barrier Reef trust promised by Coalition

Great Barrier Reef

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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Sediment plumes might be killing Nemo

Clownfish in a reef habitat.

Sediment plumes caused by dredging and floods increase the mortality rate of clownfish living in the Great Barrier Reef, research shows.

Study aims to solve Queensland turtle deaths mystery

Christophe Tourenq Wetland Manager, Banrock Station with a Green Turtle.

Researchers are trying to solve the mystery of what caused the mass strandings and deaths of green turtles in Queensland's far north two years ago

Queensland tourist spots shine in Instameet

Beautiful images of Queensland gathered on Instagram.

Kim Stephens It was billed as a landmark social media event that would make the Sunshine State truly shine.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5: 10 Queensland locations

Pirates of the Caribbean Paronella Park

Natalie Bochenski Beautiful locations that could suit a swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean story.

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Ministers meeting World Heritage Committee

Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef.

Jamie McKinnell Queensland's environment minister hopes face-to-face meetings with World Heritage Committee figures will convince them the Great Barrier Reef is in safe hands.

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