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Episode 84:Restoring the Reef

No-one can deny the effects climate change is having on our oceans, with temperatures and sea levels rising. The world's biggest reef, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is the canary in the coal mine and right now its health is of serious concern.

The good news is, that while politicians argue about the way forward vis a vis climate change, scientists and tourism operators in Australia have partnered up to develop a stewardship program, the Coral Nurture Project with the goal to transform both ecological and social resilience to environmental change.

Part of this, is a unique 'coral gardening' project, sucessfully growing and replanting coral onto the reef.

Natascha Mirosch talks with David Suggett, a marine biologist and professor in the Climate Change Cluster at the University of Technology of Sydney, who heads the Future Reefs program, about the propects of The Great Barrier Reef.

If you've ever dived or snorkled among the spectacular corals and marine life of The Great Barrier Reef, you'll want to listen to this.

Pics: Tourism Events QLD/David Suggett


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