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2009-11-09 07:48:31

Australian marine scientists have issued an urgent call for massive and rapid worldwide cuts in carbon emissions, deep enough to prevent atmospheric CO2 levels rising to 450 parts per million (ppm). In the lead up to United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change Conference Professors Charlie Veron (former Chief Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science) and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The University of Queensland, have urged the world's...

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2009-07-07 10:07:47

Australia's Great Barrier Reef will to be the first of the world's great coral reefs to die from warming water, a leading marine scientist said. There is no way out, no loopholes. The Great Barrier Reef will be over within 20 years or so, said Charlie Veron, former chief scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Veron commented Monday as a consortium of reef experts meeting in London predicted climate change would doom coral reefs around the world by the middle of this...

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2007-12-07 06:00:00

By CHARLES J. HANLEY KIMBE BAY, Papua New Guinea - For time beyond memory on this remote bay of neon fish and underwater gardens, people have avoided the "masalai," taboo waters, where a monster octopus might lurk or spirits dwell in coral caves. Now it's science that wants no-go zones in Kimbe Bay, and it's because of a new fear. From the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean to the central Pacific, global warming and the sea's rising temperatures have been "bleaching" and killing the world's...