WHALING CASE AGAINST JAPAN IN INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE – THE SKINNY

Opinion – Sue Arnold 24 June, 2013 There’s an awful lot of misinformation going round about this historic lawsuit.  So here’s the skinny ! It was Kevin Rudd who took the huge step of mounting the legal challenge against Japan in the International Court of Justice.  He needs to be acknowledged for his role in this lawsuit.   And there’s little doubt that the Federal government has poured a heap of money into the lawsuit.  Some of the best international … More…

TIME FOR A REVOLUTION OF COMMONSENSE

Opinion – Sue Arnold END THE TALK FESTS AND TAKE ACTION. A casual observer of the campaign to save the Great Barrier Reef must wonder whether Australians have become zombies. Listening to the endless talk fests, scientific opinions, reading the increasingly turgid media articles, the real issues are completely ignored in the morass of words. The issues are really quite simple.  Without healthy oceans, life on earth will be severely impacted.  Oceans take up massive amounts of CO2 but even … More…

DOLPHINS ARE NOT HEALERS FOR OUR USE

Dolphins are not healers Dolphins are smart, sociable predators. They don’t belong in captivity and they shouldn’t be used to ‘cure’ the ill by Lori Marino 3,100 words Read later or Kindle An autistic child swims with a dolphin. ‘The dolphin smile is nature’s greatest deception,’ said Ric O’Barry, who trained the dolphins in the TV series Flipper. Photo by Andrew Bosch/MCT/Getty Lori Marino is a neuroscientist at Emory University. She is founder and executive director of the Kimmela Center … More…

Please sign this petition to stop the environmentally destructive Marina 250 Berths at Putney Point

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http://www.change.org/petitions/dr-r-reichelt-chair-gbrmpa-gbrmpa-delegate-major-projects-urgently-withdraw-stop-reassess-the-approval-permit-g13-33652-1-marina-250-berths?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_message_notice … More…

A message from Gideon Polya – Climate Change

Message From: Dr Gideon Polya Message: Dear Sir/Madam, The Australian Climate Commission has estimated that at present rates of pollution the world has only 15 years before it exceeds the remaining terminal pollution budget of 600 billion tonnes of CO2 that must not be exceeded if we are to have a 75% probability of avoiding a catastrophic 2C temperature rise (see The Climate Commission, ”The Critical Decade”: <a href=”http://climatecommission.gov.au/report/the-critical-decade-2013/” target=”_blank”>http://climatecommission.gov.au/report/the-critical-decade-2013/</a> Using revised NASA, World Bank and US Energy Information Administration … More…

Gladstone Observer – Survey to look at future of Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the major drivers of international visitors. 
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APN Newsdesk | 17th Jun 2013 1:00 PM AS the World Heritage Committee meets to decide whether to list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”, a major CSIRO study will seek the views of 5000 Australians on its future. The $2 million study will run over the next two months from Cooktown to Bundaberg. CSIRO social scientist Dr Nadine Marshall said it would be the first scientific study of people’s perceptions about the reef. The study will canvass the … More…

The Australian – Reef becomes a sounding board for science

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The Australian 18 Jun 2013, by JENNIFER FORESHEW THE rarely heard underwater sounds of the Great Barrier Reef are now being captured by a cutting-edge acoustic recorder. The JASCO Applied Sciences Autonomous Multichannel Acoustic Recorder Generation 3 (AMAR G3), which is moored at a depth off 20m at Wheeler Reef off Townsville, will record sounds across a range of frequencies to better understand the role of natural, biological and manmade noise on the GBR. James Cook University researchers are collaborating … More…

The Sydney Morning Herald – Reef on brink of ‘danger’ listing

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Tom Arup Environment editor, The Age The Great Barrier Reef will be listed “in danger” by the United Nations unless Australia addresses key threats from industrialisation. On Tuesday a meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Cambodia passed a recommendation to consider adding the reef to the list next year if the steps aren’t taken to solve the problems. The meeting heard concerns from officials from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and International Union for Conservation of Nature about the … More…

Please donate your Reef Images

Dugong and Diver generously donated by Roberto Sozzani - http://www.robertosozzani.it/Dugong/photoEN.html

Reef Images Wanted Please donate your images of the Great Barrier Reef and its’ wildlife to our campaigns. We’d prefer to direct the funds that are so generously donated by the public to powering our campaigns. But we always need vivid, compelling images of The Great Barrier Reef, it’s wildlife and the threats they face. Such images are hard to come by and can be costly, so by donating images that you’ve taken yourself, you are actually saving us valuable … More…

Is toxic run-off from mining changing reef environment?

Incidents of major agricultural run-off, like the recent Queensland floods, certainly affect Great Barrier Reef water quality, but systems are in place to reduce their effect. AAP Image/Twitter, ISS, Chris Hadfield

Worried about Great Barrier Reef water pollution? Look at mining, not agriculture The Conversation – 6 February 2013, 11.13am EST The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is both a national marine park and a World Heritage Area. But next to the reef, a catchment of 400,000km2 is almost completely developed for agriculture, predominantly beef grazing and sugarcane, horticulture, cotton and grains cropping. How does this development affect the integrity of the reef? It is well recognised that pollutant runoff (particularly sediment, … More…