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Plan won't save Great Barrier Reef: Australian scientists
Plan won't save Great Barrier Reef: Australian scientists

Australian government plans to protect the Great Barrier Reef are inadequate, short-sighted and will not prevent its decline.

Plan won't save Great Barrier Reef: Australian scientists
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'Poor' outlook for Barrier Reef as climate change threatens

Climate change remains the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef and the outlook for the natural wonder is "poor".

'Poor' outlook for Barrier Reef as climate change threatens
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Caribbean corals could vanish over next 20 years: report

Caribbean coral reefs could disappear within 20 years as overfishing has all but wiped out the fish that feast on coral-smothering algae, the UN and an international conservation watchdog warned.

Caribbean corals could vanish over next 20 years: report
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Australia says UNESCO reef deferral 'a win for logic'

Australia called a decision by UNESCO to defer listing the Great Barrier Reef as in danger "a win for logic", but environmentalists said it was a final warning.

Australia says UNESCO reef deferral 'a win for logic'
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Time running out for Great Barrier Reef: scientists

Time is running out for Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, with climate change set to wreck irreversible damage by 2030 unless immediate action is taken.

Time running out for Great Barrier Reef: scientists
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Australia approves plan to dump dredge spoil in Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Friday approved the dumping of up to three million cubic metres of dredge waste in park waters in a move blasted by environmentalists.

Australia approves plan to dump dredge spoil in Barrier Reef
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Australia probes Great Barrier Reef board over 'mining links'

Australia launched a probe Wednesday into the agency responsible for protecting the Great Barrier Reef after some board members were urged to resign over alleged conflicts of interest related to the mining industry.

Australia probes Great Barrier Reef board over 'mining links'
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Shark overfishing endangers reefs: Australian study

Scientists studying remote reefs off Australia said Thursday sharks played a fundamental role in coral health, with overfishing of the marine predators increasing reef vulnerability to global warming and disasters.

Shark overfishing endangers reefs: Australian study
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US Navy to retrieve bombs it dropped over Barrier Reef

The United States Navy said Friday it will spearhead a search for four unarmed bombs it dropped over Australia's Great Barrier Reef and make sure they are safely removed.

US Navy to retrieve bombs it dropped over Barrier Reef
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US says bombs dropped on Australia reef to avoid boats

The United States military said Monday it had jettisoned four unarmed bombs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef during a training exercise only because civilian boats had strayed into the drop zone.

US says bombs dropped on Australia reef to avoid boats
Australia pledges more cash for reef starfish battle
Australia pledges more cash for reef starfish battle

Australia pledged another Aus$5 million (US$4.6 million) to the fight against a predatory starfish devastating the iconic Great Barrier Reef Thursday, revealing 100,000 of the creatures had been wiped out so far.

Australia pledges more cash for reef starfish battle
Australia's Barrier Reef slips into 'poor' health
Australia's Barrier Reef slips into 'poor' health

Australia hailed "solid" progress on water quality at the Great Barrier Reef Wednesday but admitted that overall conditions were now "poor" as it battles UNESCO threats to downgrade its heritage status.

Australia's Barrier Reef slips into 'poor' health
Scientists tell Australia to save Great Barrier Reef
Scientists tell Australia to save Great Barrier Reef

Leading marine scientists warned the Australian government on Wednesday of the growing threat to the Great Barrier Reef from unchecked industrial development.

Scientists tell Australia to save Great Barrier Reef
Greenpeace activists board coal ship off Australia reef
Greenpeace activists board coal ship off Australia reef

Six activists from conservation group Greenpeace boarded a coal carrier on the outskirts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef Wednesday calling for an end to exports of the fuel.

Greenpeace activists board coal ship off Australia reef
Philippines asking $1.4 mn from US for reef damage
Philippines asking $1.4 mn from US for reef damage

The Philippines will ask the United States to pay 58 million pesos ($1.4 million) in compensation for damage caused by a US warship to a protected coral reef.

Philippines asking $1.4 mn from US for reef damage
Furry crabs may be healing Great Barrier Reef
Furry crabs may be healing Great Barrier Reef

Furry crabs once thought to be damaging the Great Barrier Reef may in fact be helping save the coral by stopping the spread of disease.

Furry crabs may be healing Great Barrier Reef
Australia failing UNESCO demands on Barrier Reef: WWF
Australia failing UNESCO demands on Barrier Reef: WWF

Australia insisted Friday that protecting the Great Barrier Reef was a top priority, but conservationists WWF said not enough had been done to prevent UNESCO deeming it a world heritage site "in danger".

Australia failing UNESCO demands on Barrier Reef: WWF
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Australian scientists discover deep sea corals

Australian scientists mapping the Great Barrier Reef have discovered corals at depths never before thought possible, with a deep-sea robot finding specimens in waters nearly as dark as night.

Australian scientists discover deep sea corals
China boom savaging coral reefs: study
China boom savaging coral reefs: study

China's economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 percent over the past 30 years, a joint Australian study found Thursday, with researchers describing "grim" levels of damage and loss.

China boom savaging coral reefs: study
Australia scientists tackle reef-killing starfish
Australia scientists tackle reef-killing starfish

An Australian research team said Monday they have found an effective way to kill the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish, which is devastating coral reefs across the Pacific and Indian oceans.

Australia scientists tackle reef-killing starfish