Terry Hughes

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Aerial view from November 2014 of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Photograph:  SARAH LAI/AFP via Getty Images

Australia has labelled a draft decision by the UN’s World Heritage Committee to include the Great Barrier Reef on its “in danger” list as politically (...)

Too often good science is countered by ignorance.  This is evident in the US, where objectivity has become a matter of opinion. The plight of the federal government’s top infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci is the prime illustration of this. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

These are hard times for experts; notably scientists and doctors who believe data (and their interpretation of it) should be allowed speak for itself (...)

Bleached reef off Magnetic Island in Australia. Photograph: Victor Huertas

The Great Barrier Reef has experienced another mass bleaching event caused by the stress of elevated sea temperatures arising from escalating greenhou(...)

FILE PHOTO: A man snorkels in an area called the "Coral Gardens" near Lady Elliot Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, northeast of Bundaberg town in Queensland, Australia, June 11, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo

The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s biggest coral system, lies off Australia’s Queensland coast. The state’s massive coal reserves and expanding minin(...)

Fintan O’Toole; Joan Freeman;  Prof Mary McAleese, Patrick Prendergast,  Prof Terry Hughes,  Mary Harney and  Michael Gazzaniga at the ceremony on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole was conferred with an honorary degree from Trinity College Dublin on Friday. It was the first ceremony conducted(...)

Prof Terry Hughes was jointly awarded the 2018 Maddox Prize

An Irish scientist based in Australia who has battled public attempts to discredit his work on the devastating effects of climate change on coral reef(...)

A diver examines bleaching on a coral reef on Orpheus Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Two consecutive mass bleaching events have affected a 1,500km stretch, leaving only the reef’s southern third unscathed. Photograph: AFP/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/Greg Torda

Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found. The findings have cau(...)