State of Great Barrier Reef Worsens

After a very recent survey of the Great Barrier Reef (specifically the region near Lizard Island), Justin Marshall—who works at the University of Queensland and is the chief investigator of citizen science program Coral Watch—has reported devastating news for the coral and wildlife that exists there. Coral has continued to bleach (even in the winter) and many fish species have disappeared from the area in …

Word of Mouth: Port Douglas, Australia

Two nearby World Heritage Sites and a watersport-driven coastline make this Aussie town an outdoor adventure launch pad

by Jocelyn Voo Often overshadowed by Cairns, a neighboring—somewhat hectic—tourist town, Port Douglas is a reprieve for those desiring the big outdoor adventure of Tropical North Queensland with the kick-back roots of a sleepy fisherman’s town. Not only is it adjacent to two World Heritage Sites, but there’s also plenty of adventure within city limits—no stinger suit required. While there are plenty of bars, restaurants …

The Great Barrier Reef, An Obituary

An obituary for the Great Barrier Reef, vintage Nike ads, life as a professional line-sitter and more in our weekly look at the web

One of the undisputed wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef is taking its last breaths, according to experts. This expansive, multi-media scroll-through feature from the Guardian outlines the 133,000 square mile spectacle’s biological history; from tectonic activity millions of years ago to recent human ruin caused by irresponsible tourism and fishing. While the story of the reef …