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Victims of violence turned away

Floodwater threatens overwhelming damage to Great Barrier Reef

The great deluge is pumping contaminated water into the ocean, with potentially disastrous results

Hopes raised over future of Pontin's

Hopes were raised over the future of the Pontin's holiday camp brand today after administrators confirmed they had received 10 offers for the chain.

Dom Joly: Welcome to my glass menagerie

I'm in Indonesia, on the island of Sulawesi, on a two-week trip to teach my daughter to scuba dive. I have a friend, Kaj, who is a scuba dive master and, whenever he moves to a new job we go and visit him. "You'll love this new place," he told me on Skype. "It's world-famous for muck diving and there are loads of weird creatures totally unique to here."

Insects £134bn, coral £109bn – UN puts a value on nature's resources

Pioneering report equates biodiversity to cash in hope of encouraging conservation

Billionaire saves marine reserve plans

A Swiss billionaire has stepped in to save plans to create the world's largest marine reserve from public spending cuts, it emerged today.

Alamar (U)

This slight and picturesque faux-documentary is like a family photo album brought to life.

Troubled Candover to wind itself up

The private equity specialist Candover Investments is to wind itself up, sealing the fate of one of the buyout industry's highest-profile victims of the credit crunch.

Coral: Lost at sea?

Coral reefs support a quarter of the world's marine life, but rising ocean temperatures are killing them. The impact of their decline could be huge, says marine biologist Olivia Durkin

On The Road: A close encounter in Borneo in our very own 'year of the turtle'

I've come to rest on the rocky reef slope, the terrain a mish-mash of coral rubble and stones, sand and seaweed. I've stopped, and settled – usually it's a travesty to sit on the reef but there is no coral to damage. Instead, I have taken a space beside a truly enormous green turtle.

Coral islands bigger despite ocean's rise

Some South Pacific coral atolls have held their own or even grown in size over the past 60 years despite rising sea levels says new research.

Young coral 'threatened by noise pollution'

As if it's not bad enough for them with pollution, fishing by dynamiting, global warming and ocean acidification, the world's coral reefs face a new threat – from noise.

Stay the night: Coral Lodge 15.41, Mozambique

A new shorefront lodge is a worthy addition to Mozambique's stylish stopovers, says Sue Watt

Captain and officer held over Great Barrier Reef accident

Australian police arrested the captain and senior officer of a Chinese ship yesterday and charged them with damaging the Great Barrier Reef, more than a week after their coal carrier ran aground and tore a two-mile gash in the protected area.

Great Barrier Reef could take 20 years to recover from grounding

A coal carrier, which ran aground and leaked oil on the Great Barrier Reef, cut a two-mile-long scar into the shoal and may have smeared paint which will prevent marine life from growing back,

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