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Reef Aid brings life back to iconic waterhole

Reef Aid brings life back to iconic waterhole

The future of the Great Barrier Reef is starting to look a lot less murky with our first Reef Aid wetland restoration underway.

Working in partnership with landholders, we are restoring 200 hectares of priority coastal wetlands across two sites, the West Haughton River wetlands and Palm Creek, to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef.

Coastal wetlands play a vital role in water quality, filtering fine sediment and nutrients from flood waters before they are washed out to the Reef.

‘While some are debating the future of the Great Barrier Reef we are getting our hands dirty. In three weeks, we have cleared almost three kilometres of channels choked with weeds,” says Jelenko Dragisic, Greening Australia Director of Conservation.

“We have selected sites that are interconnected and adjacent to the national park and Ramsar listed wetlands. Most sit on private land and have significant fisheries and biodiversity…

 

Arctic ice melt ‘already affecting weather patterns where you live right now’

ice-melt

The dramatic melting of Arctic ice is already driving extreme weather that affects hundreds of millions of people across North America, Europe and Asia, leading climate scientists have told the Guardian.

Severe “snowmageddon” winters are now strongly linked to soaring polar temperatures, say researchers, with deadly summer heatwaves and torrential floods also probably linked. The scientists now fear the Arctic meltdown has kickstarted abrupt changes in the planet’s swirling atmosphere, bringing extreme weather in heavily populated areas to the boil…

Humanitarian Aid: Who’s there when the spotlight leaves?

Humanitarian aid is often thought of as immediate emergency response to natural disasters; however this is rarely the case. Humanitarian assistance is often required to respond quickly to disasters but is rarely a short term intervention. When conflict breaks out and natural disasters strike, entire communities in that area are affected, with immediate devastation and negative impacts on long term development prospects. Humanitarian short…

 

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