An undated photo of a turtle swimming over bleached coral near Heron Island, in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Catlin Seaview Survey/ The New York Times

Australian scientists say that just seven per cent of the Great Barrier Reef, which attracts around €3.4 billion (A$5 billion) in tourism every year,(...)

Japan’s Taro Aso and South Korea’s Choi Kyung-Hwan: with China they are in dispute over second World War memories. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

East Asia’s three leading powers have long sparred over how to remember the first half of the 20th century. Now, as the 70th anniversary of Japan’s su(...)

 Divers on  the Great Barrier Reef, which Unesco’s World Heritage Committee called on the Australian government to protect. File photograph: Jeff Hunter/Photographer’s Choice/Getty Images

A heritage committee of the Unesco cultural agency stopped short on Friday of placing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on an “in danger” list, but raise(...)

The Great Barrier Reef has the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 types of mollusc, and is a habitat for threatened species.

Australia said yesterday it had the know-how to protect the Great Barrier Reef after the UN’s cultural agency criticised a plan to dump sand nearby, b(...)

Unesco has called for a halt to the development of a controversial £100 million golf resort on Northern Ireland’s north coast, it was revealed (...)