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Features

Estimating the diversity of life

To conclude this year's Biodiversity Month, we take a look at how close researchers are to answering the seemingly simple question - how many species are there on Earth? Read more.
 

Ghost nets and Sea Turtles - Threatened Species Day

September is Biodiversity Month in Australia, with Threatenend Species Day falling on September 7. In recognition of this annual Department of Environment initiative, we will be highlighting AIMS biodiversity projects, including this story on the impact of ghost nets on Australia's northern sea turtle population. Read more.

Monitoring Cyclones and Flooding 

AIMS researchers continue to monitor and evaluate the effects of cyclones on coral reefs in Australia

Ocean acidification: The science of Papua New Guinea's carbon dioxide seeps 

AIMS researchers are currently studying the shallow volcanic CO2 seeps in eastern Papua New Guinea in Milne Bay Province to observe how ocean acidification is affecting the oceans. 
 
"These experiments and field trips are essential to study at first-hand what is occurring in nature when more and more CO2 from the atmosphere mixes with water," said AIMS research scientist, Dr Katharina Fabricius.
 
When CO2 from the atmosphere dissolves in water, it causes ocean acidification, slightly lowering the pH of the water and changing its carbonate chemistry. This in turn makes it harder for a range of marine animals to form their shells and skeletons. Read more.