Coral bleaching warning hits highest level

Queensland Tourismap

ENVIRONMENTAL groups have called on the federal and Queensland governments to immediately review coal mining approvals following the lifting of the Great Barrier Reef's coral bleaching threat to level three - the highest rating.

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt said the bottom three quarters of the reef was "in strong condition" and had minor to moderate bleaching, but north of Lizard Island was more severe.

He said it was part of a broader El Nino pattern and announced the government would increase its monitoring.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Reef campaigner Shani Tager said the best way to protect the reef from climate change was to stop burning fossil fuels.

"This is the highest warning possible for the reef and it must be the line in the sand," she said.

Greens Senator Larissa Waters said scientists were clear - it was either coal or the reef.

Topics:  coral bleaching environment great barrier reef mining

Council mergers: Did they actually save us money?

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie confronts protesters against council amalgamation outside the shire council in Barcaldine.

A decade on from council mergers, was the pain worth it?

Janita's youth mental health movement

With one phone call, Janita Cooper helped pave the way to better youth mental health.

One phone call that paved the way to better youth mental health

Police hunt suspects after fire bombing

A group of men threw a petrol bomb through the window of a Caboolture house last night. Picture: FILE

Police hunt group of men after Caboolture petrol bombing

Local Partners