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Great Barrier Reef bleaching risks rise with huge Queensland heatwave

Great Barrier Reef bleaching risks rise with huge Queensland heatwave

The record-breaking heatwave now roasting Cooktown and much of north Queensland has authorities bracing for what would be the third mass coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef in four summers.

  • by Peter Hannam

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Yes, Prime Minister, I'm striking from school: consider it a climate lesson
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Yes, Prime Minister, I'm striking from school: consider it a climate lesson

A 15-year-old Swedish girl started a global movement. Here's why I'm joining it along with thousands of other students who care about the planet's future.

  • by Veronica Hester
Federal government botched scrutiny of plan to bulldoze pristine forest
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Federal government botched scrutiny of plan to bulldoze pristine forest

The development comes as confidential documents show government MPs lobbied the department to wave through the proposal, which would raze land almost three times the size of the combined central business districts of Sydney and Melbourne.

  • by Nicole Hasham
'Success guaranteed': Reef centre misses funding despite strong review
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'Success guaranteed': Reef centre misses funding despite strong review

A world-renowned coral reef research centre missed out on funding to groups proposing the study of the "digital child", "creative aging" and the Enlightenment despite an external review finding its plan to be "revolutionary".

  • by Peter Hannam
Ex-AIMS chief Ian Poiner tapped to head reef marine park

Ex-AIMS chief Ian Poiner tapped to head reef marine park

The federal government has picked marine ecologist Ian Poiner to head the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, an agency which oversees the world's largest collection of coral reefs.

  • by Peter Hannam
'Silenced': Leading reef research centre faces axe after funding miss

'Silenced': Leading reef research centre faces axe after funding miss

One of the world's premier coral reef research centres has failed to secure Australian funding as the Great Barrier Reef faces another bout of bleaching.

  • by Peter Hannam
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Coral bleaching changed 'rules of engagement' for feisty butterflyfish
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Coral bleaching changed 'rules of engagement' for feisty butterflyfish

Mass coral bleaching has altered the behaviour of species such as butterflyfish, a finding that identifies an early signal that fish populations are in trouble, researchers say.

  • by Peter Hannam
Government ditches $10m promotion blitz amid Great Barrier Reef furore
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Government ditches $10m promotion blitz amid Great Barrier Reef furore

A reef scientist has also slammed as "not scientifically credible" claims by a charity gifted $444 million that it will climate-proof the natural wonder.

  • by Nicole Hasham
Malcolm Turnbull blames Morrison, Cormann for $443m Reef Foundation grant

Malcolm Turnbull blames Morrison, Cormann for $443m Reef Foundation grant

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blamed the rush to grant almost half a billion dollars to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in one hit on then Treasurer Scott Morrison and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.

  • by Peter Hannam
'No time to mess around': Reef Foundation starts $400m donation drive
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'No time to mess around': Reef Foundation starts $400m donation drive

The controversial recipient of a $443.4 million grant from the Turnbull government reveals its plans to raise almost as much money by itself.

  • by Peter Hannam
Faulty guidance system led to Border Force vessel running aground on reef
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Faulty guidance system led to Border Force vessel running aground on reef

Australia's senior transport watchdog questions a new electronic guidance system involved in a Border Force patrol boat grounding on the Great Barrier Reef north of Cairns in 2017.

  • by Tony Moore