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 […]

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.

Token #ausvotes funding to Great Barrier Reef facing #extinction. A #climateemergency warns @takvera

We need to come to terms that the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and coral reef ecosystems globally as we know them, are facing extinction. It is a climate emergency. The reef is our canary in a coalmine and it is now dying from the greenhouse gases we have released. Early surveys of the Great Barrier Reef showed that 93 percent of reefs were affected by coral bleaching. Scientists have been undertaking extensive aerial and underwater surveys since then to refine these initial survey results. Scientists from the Coral Reef Centre of Excellence are now reporting that over 35 percent of coral north of Cairns in the northern and central regions […]

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 […]