Australia welcomes UN call on Great Barrier Reef

Australia has welcomed a draft decision by the United Nations to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list, saying Saturday the move was an endorsement of the government`s plans.

Great Barrier Reef kept off UNESCO ''danger'' list for now

A heritage committee of the UNESCO cultural agency stopped short of placing Australia`s Great Barrier Reef on an "in danger" list, but the ruling on Friday raised long-term concerns about its future.

Great Barrier Reef not in danger: UNESCO report
Great Barrier Reef not in danger: UNESCO report

UN heritage body UNESCO has recommended that the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest marine park off the Australian coast, should not be included in the World Heritage danger list, even as conservationists describe the outlook for the reef as "poor", a media report said on Friday.

Australia confident Great Barrier Reef not 'in danger'

Australia said today it was confident it had done enough to prevent the United Nations from listing the Great Barrier Reef, the world's biggest coral reef ecosystem, as being 'in danger'.

Flatback turtles swim against current to remain in Great Barrier Reef

Flatback turtles must counter the effects of currents from the moment they hatch, if they are to remain in the Great Barrier Reef in north-eastern Australia, a study published on Monday revealed.

Australia to widen curbs on shipping around Great Barrier Reef
Australia to widen curbs on shipping around Great Barrier Reef

Australia will more than double an area near the Great Barrier Reef subject to special curbs on shipping in a bid to protect the environmentally sensitive region, the government said on Saturday.

Slowdown after Ice Age sounds a warning for Great Barrier Reef's future
Slowdown after Ice Age sounds a warning for Great Barrier Reef's future

 New research investigating the effect of the Big Melt after the Ice Age can herald concern for the future of the Great Barrier Reef if more dredging projects go ahead.

Climate change threatens world's iconic ecosystems
Climate change threatens world's iconic ecosystems

 Without better local management, world's most iconic ecosystems are at risk of collapse under climate change, warn researchers.

Blueprint ensures Great Barrier Reef future: Australia

Australia released its long-term blueprint to save the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying protecting the World Heritage site was a priority.

Plan ensures Great Barrier Reef future: Australia

 Australia released its long-term blueprint to save the Great Barrier Reef Saturday, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying protecting the World Heritage site was a priority.

Cyclone Nathan heads for Australia's east coast

 A cyclone in the Coral Sea is forecast to intensify before slamming into Australia`s northeast coast later this week, less than a month after the area was pummelled by one the most powerful cyclones on record to hit Australia, the national weather forecaster said on Tuesday.

Taiwan master of Great Barrier Reef ship charged: Police

The master of a Taiwanese ship has been charged with failing to take on a pilot to navigate Australia`s Great Barrier Reef, police said Monday.

Great Barrier Reef can decline to less than 10% if ocean warming continues
Great Barrier Reef can decline to less than 10% if ocean warming continues

A new study has revealed that Australia's Great Barrier Reef could lose 90 percent of its living corals if ocean warming continues.

Australia tackles Obama on his Great Barrier Reef fears
Australia tackles Obama on his Great Barrier Reef fears

Australia has sent US President Barack Obama the "facts" about the Great Barrier Reef after he voiced fears it would not be there for future generations, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Friday.

Australia to ban dredge waste dumping on Barrier Reef

Australia will ban the dumping of dredging waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef in a move welcomed by environmentalists as a first step towards a total halt.

Oz government's plan can't save Great Barrier Reef, say scientists
Oz government's plan can't save Great Barrier Reef, say scientists

Australia's Academy of Science has recently said that the Australian government's draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef cannot prevent its decline.

Plan to protect Great Barrier Reef inadequate: Scientists
Plan to protect Great Barrier Reef inadequate: Scientists

Scientists have criticized the Australian government's multi-million dollar Great Barrier Reef protection plan, claiming it ignores the threat of climate change.

Ocean acidification slowly damaging coral reefs
Ocean acidification slowly damaging coral reefs

Scientists have found that acidification in ocean can lead to disintegration of the coral reefs.

Coral growth rate dropped by 40pc since 1970's
Coral growth rate dropped by 40pc since 1970's

A new study has found that coral growth rates have plunged 40 percent in since the mid 1970s.