Australia red-flags Huawei’s Chinese undersea cable project – an annotated infographic

An undersea cable project by China’s Huawei, aimed at delivering internet to the Solomon Islands, has been banned from connecting to Australia’s broadband network on the advice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Instead, Canberra will majority-fund the US$85 to $100 million project. The plan, which was to connect the Solomons and Papua New Guinea to Sydney via a 4,500-kilometre submarine fibre optic cable laid by a U.S.-British firm, had the backing of the Asian Development Bank for a $23 million loan. But in July 2016, the Solomons government abruptly switched to a subsidiary of Chinese telecom giant Huawei. … Continue reading Australia red-flags Huawei’s Chinese undersea cable project – an annotated infographic

#GreatBarrierReef off coast of #Australia hit by mass bleaching – an annotated infographic

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering from another massive bleaching event, the first time in memory such episodes have hit in back-to-back calendar years. Experts fear the proximity of the two events gives the coral little chance to recover. Key areas of the Reef suffered severe coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #GreatBarrierReef off coast of #Australia hit by mass bleaching – an annotated infographic

Starfish-killing robot to save the Great Barrier Reef – yes, you read that correctly – an annotated infographic

An autonomous robot designed to search for the invasive crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) and give them a lethal injection of salt, is to be deployed on the Great Barrier Reef. COTS, which prey on coral, have destroyed up to 40 per cent of the reef over the last 30 years. Robots, salt, BAM! Take that, COTS! E&T news covered this starfish-killing robot story in more detail. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Starfish-killing robot to save the Great Barrier Reef – yes, you read that correctly – an annotated infographic