Agreement on a major step forward to reduce HFC emissions in the lead-up to Paris

Australia has played a key role in achieving major progress towards the global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). I am delighted that there has been a strong commitment to work towards an HFC phase-down agreement under the Montreal Protocol in 2016. This week’s international meeting in Dubai agreed that HFCs should be controlled and phased down.…

Citizen scientists to help monitor marine pollution

Citizen scientists to help monitor marine pollution Fishers and surfers will become citizen scientists in a major new science project to monitor the impact of sewage on Australia’s marine biodiversity and ecosystems. Together with researchers, recreational water users will contribute to a National Outfall Database, to be developed in consultation with the states and Northern…

Coastal clean-up brings positive results for the Great Barrier Reef

More than 500 volunteers from across Queensland took part in the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up during October, collecting almost 4,000 kilograms of debris. Over two weekends and 12 sites from Cape York to Bundaberg, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority worked in partnership with the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Eco Barge…

New $23.9 million science hub to focus on coastal and marine protection

Research designed to lower the risk of human-shark encounters and better understand the threats to marine species and their habitats will be carried out as part of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Programme. Conducted by the Marine Biodiversity Hub based in Hobart, the research will take place in Australia’s temperate marine waters and lead…