Here's how to save what's left of our coral reefs: Dean Miller
Dr. Dean Miller is a marine biologist, adventurer, film maker, photographer and writer. He is also the managing director of the NGO ‘Great Barrier Reef Legacy’ which is a group of experts dedicated to conservation of coral reefs around the world with focus on our own mighty reef.
On this episode of Talking Australia Dean explains how coral reefs work to understand better what exactly ‘bleaching’ means and the work of GBR Legacy who aim to provide opportunities for scientists to access the GBR to conduct primary research. They do this by chartering ships which take a mix of paying guests and professional researchers to remote parts of the reef. They recently founded a coral biobank to conserve endangered coral species for future coral re-seeding work.
This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Chrissie Goldrick (Editor-in-chief at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com) You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic
John Rumney is considered a true legend of the Great Barrier Reef. For decades the passionate diver and boat operator has been taking tourists and scientists to visit it, and has witnessed firsthand the decline of the world’s mightiest and most famous coral reef.
John was at the forefront of introducing eco-tourism to the Reef, and to this day he’s an advocate for doing it right. He’s also so committed to saving the Reef that he recently created the Great Barrier Reef Legacy, a program that aims to improve the long-term survival of this precious ecosystem through research.
You can find out more about John´s efforts here:
This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).
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A rock star of climate change science: Lesley Hughes
Lesley Hughes is an ecologist and professor of biology who has been researching the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems for over two decades. She is a councillor with the Climate Council of Australia, formerly known as the Climate Change Commission, making her one of the most prominent voices on climate change. In 2013, following the successful election of a coalition government she was one of the first people fired when the Climate Change Commission was controversially disbanded. Since then, Lesley has published numerous scientific papers that warn of the impacts of climate change, as well as speaking candidly about what it’s like when planetary catastrophe is your day job. Here you can find out more about Lesley:
https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/author/lesley-hughes This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic
By identifying whale sharks from their unique spot and strike patterns, researchers have traced the species movements, and it looks like a disproportionate amount of juvenile male sharks repeatedly visit Ningaloo Reef.
The new State of the Climate report outlines Australia’s rising temperatures and its regional rainfall declines – and the trends that are locked in for the coming few decades due to greenhouse emissions.