Eight coal mining projects located in the floodplains and catchments of the Great Barrier Reef have been considered exempt from providing environmental impact reports by the Queensland government, and six of the projects have already earned state approval. Environmental groups are lobbying for an end to these exemptions.
Coral reefs are some of the ecosystems most vulnerable to the climate crisis. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that if global warming reaches even two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, 99 percent of them will die off. Yet these unique ecosystems, which currently only take up less than 0.1 percent of ocean […]
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has recorded the highest amount of coral cover in the northern and central portions of the Great Barrier Reef since it started monitoring 36 years ago, reported Phys.org.
Scientists have long known that corals glow fluorescent in the deep, but, until recently, they didn’t know why. Now, a new study published in Communications Biology last month has an answer: to attract prey.
Using a benefit-risk analysis, researchers have found that mangroves and coral reefs can be cost-effective in reducing coastal flooding, a press release from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), said. Using risk and insurance industry techniques, the researchers were able to show that the gains from reduced damage from floods outweighed the costs of […]
Niue, a small island nation in the southern Pacific Ocean, is poised to make a big splash in ocean conservation with a new commitment to protect all of the waters in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The Niue Nukutuluea Multiple-Use Marine Park will conserve 100% of the waters in the EEZ, totaling around 317,500 square […]
Rashes are irritating for humans, as well as other animals, especially when they itch. When a dolphin gets a rash, they can’t just run down to the pharmacy and pick up some ointment for it, but they may have a treatment method. Scientists have observed Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in the Northern Red Sea getting in […]
The temperatures are heating up, kids are getting out of school and airline data is telling us that everyone has vacation on the brain.1 If beach trips are part of your summer agenda, we hope you’re packing your sunscreen. …But not just any sunscreen. By now, you’ve likely heard that many sunscreens contain many chemicals […]
More than 90 percent of the Great Barrier Reef was impacted by coral bleaching during the Australian summer of 2021-2022. This is the conclusion of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which released the results Tuesday of aerial surveys taken of 719 reefs between Torres Strait and the Capricorn Bunker Group. “The surveys confirm […]