Coral, coal, climate change and storm surges with #CycloneDebbie – @takvera

Tropical Cyclone Debbie is forecast to cross Central Queensland coast on Tuesday morning as a Category 4 Severe tropical cyclone. It will bring destructive winds greater than 200km per hour plus a storm surge with a king tide innundating low lying coastal properties, and torrential rain causing flooding. It is also cooling sections of the Great Barrier Reef reducing coral bleaching from an extensive and long lasting marine heatwave. Update: 25,000 people in Mackay ordered to evacuate due to storm surge threat. Update: Coal mines and coal ports affected. Tropical Cyclone Debbie draws heat from the unusually warm waters of the Coral Sea. This will help it increase in intensity […]

Coral bleaching: #GreatBarrierReef cooking in a marine heatwave while Turnbull dithers on climate – reports @takvera

Record sea surface temperatures in the coral sea are again threatening massive coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef for the second year in a row. If sea surface temperatures don’t cool in the next few weeks, this will be the first time there has been back to back bleaching on this massive scale. “In the last week, divers and scientists have reported bleached corals on popular tourist reefs around Cairns and on reefs near Townsville.” said Imogen Zethoven Australian Marine Conservation Society Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director. Vast swathes of the Great Barrier Reef have also been placed on red alert (Alert Level 1) for the next four weeks, […]

Pauline Hanson filmed handling Great Barrier Reef coral – @qldaah #qldpol #auspol

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has been filmed handling coral on a visit to the Great Barrier Reef.

AYCC #CoralnotCoal protest during Indian Finance Minister visit reports @takvera

The Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, was in Australia for 4 days trying to wrangle investment money for infrastructure projects in India, but also potentially including the the giant Adani proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland. It was reported in Indian media (1, 2) before Jaitley left India that he was meeting with Australian Finance Minister Matthias Cormann and the $120 billion sovereign wealth Future Fund Chairman Peter Costello, in regard to sourcing investment funding in Indian projects, possibly including Adani’s Carmichael mine. When asked in Sydney if he would discuss the issue of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland with Australian leaders and investors […]