Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef will be 'pretty ugly' by 2050

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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...

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

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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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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.

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.

Queensland lifts its uranium ban, but is the price worth the cost?

The Queensland Government's decision to lift ban on uranium mining raises questions.

Maxine Newlands and Liz Tynan, James Cook University As of today, Queensland has lifted a 32-year ban on uranium mining. That decision was taken within months of the 2012 state election, despite Premier Campbell Newman’s pre-election promise not...

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What are Leo's words worth?

DiCaprio

Amy Remeikis He’s king of the world and the Wolf of Wall Street – but do Leonardo DiCaprio words have impact off the screen?

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Reef health concerns could cost tourism industry

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Tony Moore Research is needed discover whether concerns over the Great Barrier Reef’s future are impacting tourist numbers, a prominent tourism expert believes.

Clive Palmer legal threats ignored by government MPs

Tim Nicholls

Amy Remeikis Clive Palmer’s threat of defamation action has not deterred government MPs from repeating the line that the mining magnate turned federal member is “buying votes”.

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Newman: Palmer 'buying votes'

Clive Palmer

Amy Remeikis Clive Palmer is attempting to "buy people's votes", says Campbell Newman.

Coral babies staying at home in warmer seas

Researchers,  from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University, find rising ocean temperatures due to climate change will see reefs retaining and nurturing more of their own coral larvae, leaving large reef systems less interconnected and potentially more vulnerable.

Natalie Bochenski Fewer “coral babies” will leave home in warmer seas, in what Queensland researchers say will be another climate change-induced threat to the Great Barrier Reef.