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MEDIA ALERT: Scientists and pro-surfers to call ‘Code Blue’ climate emergency for Aussie oceans as extreme marine heatwave risk heightens (Wednesday 8 November)

Climate Council 2 mins read

A MONSTER ‘underwater cyclone’ sitting just 50km off the coast of NSW has sparked fears it will inflict a devastating marine heatwave for Sydney’s waters.


On Wednesday, at 11am on Bondi Beach, surfers and scientists will team up for a visually-striking photo opp to raise awareness of the dire impacts climate change and the coming ferocious summer heat will have on Australia’s oceans and iconic beaches.


They will call a ‘Code Blue Emergency’ to support the launch of a new Climate Council report on ocean warming and its serious consequences for Australia, titled: Code Blue: Our Oceans in Crisis.


Recently shot b-roll underwater footage and broadcast-quality interviews with scientists inspecting the reef (from Monday) are available for media use. 



  • Who: Pro surfer Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan, Climate Council Director of Research Dr Simon Bradshaw, Longboard tour surfer Tully White and a group of surfers
  • When: 11am (AEDT), 8 November
  • Location: Bondi Beach (north end), comments from spokespeople at 11am, photo opp by the water from 11.15am. 
  • Vision: Surfers will stand with a Code Blue Emergency banner to make a visual statement about the grave threat the oceans are facing this coming summer. 
  • Media contacts: Lydia Hollister-Jones 0448 043 015 or Jemimah Taylor 0478 924 425. 


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Contact details:

Contact Lydia Hollister-Jones on 0448 043 015 or Jemimah Taylor 0478 924 425. 

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