Extreme weather caused by climate change has damaged 45% of Australia’s coastal habitat

29 Jul 2019
Bleached reef
Bleached staghorn coral on the Great Barrier Reef. Many species are dependent on corals for food and shelter. Credit: Damian Thomson.

If you think climate change is only gradually affecting our natural systems, think again.

New research, published yesterday in Frontiers in Marine Science, looked at the large-scale impacts of a series of extreme climate events on coastal marine habitats around Australia.

The researchers, including UQ's Professor Anthony Richardson from the School of Mathematics and Physics, found more than 45% of the coastline was already affected by extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Read the full story on The Conversation