Photographer Kristian Laine was free diving near Lady Elliot Island when he spotted and snapped pics of what may be the world’s only pink manta ray — named Inspector Clouseau, after the beloved detective in “The Pink Panther” movies. Laine initially thought that his camera was broken, National Geographic reported, and was shocked to learn […]Continue Reading 117 words
Australia re-elected center-right Prime Minister Scott Morrison over the weekend, pulling off a “miracle” thanks to a big turnout from his base of older, suburban economic conservatives and of supporters in Queensland, which is the coal-producing, sparsely populated region of the country. This happened despite the fact that Australia just experienced its hottest summer on record, with major fish die-offs as the country’s rivers run dry, and the Great Barrier Reef, one of the country’s most iconic and popular destinations, is experiencing a record coral bleaching event from which many believe it will never recover.Continue Reading 406 words
The Australian government has given the go-ahead, according to The Guardian, for the Port Authority of North Queensland to dump more than 1 million tons of dredge spoil near the reef, taking advantage of an unfortunate loophole in the laws that were supposed to protect the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.Continue Reading 385 words
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