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.

Photo Gallery: #ReefNotCoal rally in Melbourne – photos by @takvera

Environmental organisations including the Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Greenpeace and others organised a rally event in Melbourne to ‘shine a light on the reef’ after Monday’s Federal Court judicial review announcement found that Environment minister Greg Hunt’s approval of the Adani Carmichael coal mine followed the legal process. The Coal from the mine when burnt is projected to release 4.7 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, adding to further global warming and ultimately causing further coral bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef. The new Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has the power to reverse the mine approval. Photos by Nofibs citizen journalist John Englart […]

Federal Court: #Adani Carmichael coal mine approval legal reports @takvera

The Federal Court has dismissed a challenge by the Australian Conservation Foundation to the approval of the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The challenge tested whether the Environment Minister was right to approve the mine without taking into account climate change.

#ReefElection: Bandaids for an unmitigated reef catastrophe reports @takvera #ausvotes

An election promise by the Prime Minister to divert $1 billion in Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) funding to improve reef catchment water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been soundly criticised as legally problematic, inefficient and far below the funding scientists say is required to Save the Reef. As they say, the ‘devil is in the detail’. [View the story “#reefelection: Bandaids for an unmitigated reef catastrophe” on Storify]

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 […]

#Coralbleaching prompts #Environment Ministers: Strong urgent action needed #climatechange – @takvera

In a late night conference call on Wednesday night 20 April 2016 between Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, Queensland State Environment minister Steven Miles and Environment ministers from other states it was agreed that what is currently happening on the Great Barrier Reef is alarming and is an issue of concern not just to Queenslanders but to all Australians. Ministers all agreed that strong and urgent action was needed on climate change. The call included Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority chairman Russell Reichelt and Queensland University’s Global Change Institute director Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. Greg Hunt participated in the call from Melbourne Airport shortly before boarding a plane to New York […]

Townsville MP Ewen Jones praises #coal as #Reef suffers massive coral bleaching – @takvera #ausvotes

Ewen Jones is the Liberal Party Federal MP from the Townsville based north Queensland electorate of Herbert. He stated on the ABC QandA program on Monday night, “We have just had the Carmichael mine approved and I think that is a good thing for us.” Both the Liberal National Party Federal Government and the Labor Queensland State Government have approved for development the huge Adani Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee basin in Queensland. But the coal mine is widely seen as a major climate carbon bomb that would make achieving the under 2 Degree C temperature target adopted in Paris as impossible. At current coal prices and with the […]

Palaszczuk approves Adani #coal mine leases furthering reef and #climate destruction reports @takvera

This Sunday morning (3 April) the Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk issued a joint statement for approval of mine leases for the Carmichael coal mine and rail project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. Their statement was widely condemned by environment, climate and indigenous organisations. The mine lease approval comes on the tail of the worst coral bleaching event on record for the Great Barrier Reef. Researchers found that 95 per cent of the northern 1000 km of the reef system up to Torres Strait was badly bleached. We know this is a direct consequence of climate change. There is no record of extreme coral bleaching events […]

The next #leardblockade bat attack on #liverpoolplains, by local Ros Druce

Stop Work…Independent Audit into the Approval of Whitehaven’s Maules Creek Project…Before the Forest Falls! In my Renegade' #frightbat colony, no gender/politics bar. We fight for Truth, Justice, Nature & the Australian Way. pic.twitter.com/4vjvUt8HTC — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) June 19, 2014 I wonder if Nathan Tinkler ever envisaged so much opposition from the locals of Maules Creek when he planned to exploit the Leard State Forest and surrounding farming district to build Aston Coal Mine? Aston Resources merged with Whitehaven after Mr Tinkler’s empire came to a crashing halt, the company is now simply known as ‘The Maules Creek Project’ or Whitehaven Coal. Tarrawonga Coal Mine also destroying the forest is […]