Australia suffers not only the loss of coral reefs.

Research just in reveals that extreme events from climate change (2011-2017) have damaged 45% of Australia’s coastal habitats, including coral reefs, mangroves, kelp forests and seagrass.  These habitats provide food and shelter for a huge range of marine and estuarine species, including large fish, turtles and dugongs.  Vital for fisheries, these key habitats are also used and much … Continue reading Australia suffers not only the loss of coral reefs.

Tropical Coastal Ecosystems

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Free course begins next week!

Take the challenge and understand problems and solutions to managing tropical coastal ecosystems.  Do you want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help preserve tropical coastal ecosystems? These critical systems provide goods and services for hundreds of millions of people.  Human activities, however, are leading to their decline globally. TROPIC101x will introduce you to the fascinating organisms, ecological processes, challenges and solutions that lie behind these unique ecosystems.  Details regarding the course and enrollment can be found HERE.

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The IPCC has spelled out the risks – now what do we do?

SPM AR5 FlameOve Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland.  From The ConversationMarch 31 2014.

Despite the mounting evidence, there are still some who would deny the veracity of human-caused climate change and its potential to disrupt and harm our communities. Most dissenters rely on non-expert sources, which tend to have low grades of analysis, review and scientific integrity. Not so with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, the latest part of which has been released today. Continue reading “The IPCC has spelled out the risks – now what do we do?”

IPCC preview: deep trouble brewing in our oceans

nr3g7tvk-1394507397Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland.  From The Conversation, March 26, 2014

Scientists are meeting this week in Yokohama, Japan, to finalise and approve the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group II – the part of the IPCC process that seeks consensus on the likely impacts of climate change, as well as how it might change the vulnerability of people and ecosystems, and how the world might seek to adapt to the changes.

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Bernie Fraser: ‘brazen falsehoods’ and ‘misinformation’ have confused a switched-off and fed-up public

Bernie FraserLenore Taylor, political editor, The Guardian, March 11 2014

One of the country’s most experienced policy thinkers draws a brutal conclusion about Australia’s climate change debate: the “good guys” have lost the argument because they failed to contest untruths peddled by “bad guys”, including the federal government.

Bernie Fraser, the chairman of the independent climate change authority, which the Abbott government intends to abolish, is a softly spoken former governor of the reserve bank and former secretary of the federal treasury, not known for simplistic assessments of major policy discussions. Continue reading “Bernie Fraser: ‘brazen falsehoods’ and ‘misinformation’ have confused a switched-off and fed-up public”