Terry Hughes


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I actually see this problem we are now facing – with back-to-back bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef killing about half the corals – that this is more a governance problem. What's broken is not so much the corals – they don't need fixing – but the legal frameworks, the politics and the institutions. We need to find solutions, but I don't think growing corals is part of that. I think it's about changing people's attitudes and behaviours and getting carbon dioxide emissions down by transitioning away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Without that, nothing else really works.feedback
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Sep 27 2017 Carbon
The latest quote from Terry Hughes is: “The reefs of the future will be radically different from today or 30 years ago. But, if we take the right steps immediately, we can – and must – secure a future for reefs, recognising that the possibility of restoring them to their former condition is no longer possible.”. It comes from the Coral reef can survive, say scientists, but fast action is needed article. You’ll find on this page 16 articles with Terry Hughes quoted on topics such as damage and region. Terry Hughes has been quoted 26 times in 16 articles.
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Apr 09 2017 - Great Barrier Reef

Last year we lost 67 percent on average of the corals in the northern 700 kilometers (430 miles) of the barrier reef, between March and October. We're likely to see something similar happen now in the middle third this year.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Climate change

We've had a back-to-back bleaching for the first time. So we redid our aerial surveys again, which was a bit tough. I was hoping to never have to do it again. That's obviously an enormous loss over two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef. I wouldn't say the barrier reef is dying. But clearly, we're measuring serious losses here. And the reason it's happening is global warming.feedback

Apr 09 2017

The significance of bleaching this year is that it's back to back, so there's been zero time for recovery. It's too early yet to tell what the full death toll will be from this year's bleaching, but clearly it will extend 500km south of last year's bleaching. It added to the woes of the bleaching. It came too late to stop the bleaching, and it came to the wrong place.feedback

Mar 16 2017

We're hoping that the next two to three weeks will cool off quickly, and this year's bleaching won't be anything like last year.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Climate change

I think it's a wake-up call. We've been hoping that local interventions with water quality and fishing would improve the resistance of the corals to bleaching. We found no evidence that that's actually true, at least during a very severe event.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Great Barrier Reef

We don't have any tools to climate-proof corals. That's a bit sobering. We can't stop bleaching locally. We actually have to do something about climate change.feedback

Mar 15 2017

Globally what's been happening is the number of these bleaching events is going up and up, and the time interval between them is shrinking. The end game if we don't deal with emissions would be annual bleaching every year.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Great Barrier Reef

This one won't be as bad as 2016, but it could be more comparable to 1998 or 2002. I'm confident that we'll still have coral reefs if we can keep below 2. I don't think we'll keep below 1½. I think we've got a narrowing window of opportunity, to put it optimistically – or to put it pessimistically, we're running out of time.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Climate change

It broke my heart to see so many corals dying on northern reefs on the Great Barrier Reef in 2016. With rising temperatures due to global warming, it's only a matter of time before we see more of these events. A fourth event after only one year would be a major blow to the reef. The severity of the 2016 bleaching was off the chart. In its weakened state, the reef cannot afford the Adani mine.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Great Barrier Reef

Climate change is not a future threat. On the Great Barrier Reef, it's been happening for 18 years.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Climate change

The reefs in muddy water were just as fried as those in pristine water. That's not good news in terms of what you can do locally to prevent bleaching – the answer to that is not very much at all. You have to address climate change directly.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Great Barrier Reef

We didn't expect to see this level of destruction to the Great Barrier Reef for another 30 years. In the north, I saw hundreds of reefs – literally two-thirds of the reefs were dying and are now dead.feedback

Nov 29 2016 - Great Barrier Reef

Most of the losses in 2016 have occurred in the northern, most-pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef. This region escaped with minor damage in two earlier bleaching events in 1998 and 2002, but this time around it has been badly affected.feedback

May 30 2016 - Great Barrier Reef

Australia argued that the world heritage values were in tact because of the northern region and now of course it has taken a huge hit.feedback

Apr 19 2016 - Great Barrier Reef

It takes at least a decade for a full recovery of even the fastest growing corals, so mass bleaching events 12 months apart offers zero prospect of recovery for reefs that were damaged in 2016.feedback

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