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World’s northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

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BLEACHED. This combination of handout pictures released by Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies and created on July 18, 2017, shows coral reefs (L) in Toyotama, off the coast of Tsushima island taken in January 2016 before bleaching and the same coral reefs (R) in December 2017, after bleaching due to high water temperature. National Institute for Environmental Studies/AFP

About 30% of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan, which lies in the temperate zone, suffered bleaching, researchers say

TOKYO, Japan (Jul. 18, 2017) — Bleaching has damaged the world’s northernmost coral reef in Japan, a researcher said Tuesday, July 18, the latest example of a global phenomenon scientists have attributed to high ocean temperatures. Continue reading World’s northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

Reef damage could cost Australia a million tourists – study

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DAMAGED. A diver swims amid bleached corals near Orpheus Island, March 2017. Photo by Greg Torda/ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies

Even if parts of the reef hurt by bleaching bounce back, scientists say it could take up to a decade for even the fastest growing corals to recover

SYDNEY, Australia – Mass coral bleaching on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could cost the region more than a million tourists a year and up to Aus$1.0 billion (US$760 million) in lost revenue, a study warned Wednesday, April 12. Continue reading Reef damage could cost Australia a million tourists – study

We must act immediately to save the Great Barrier Reef

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‘Coral bleaching is incredibly serious, but reefs can recover. There is reason for hope, therefore. Hope, but not complacency.’ Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters

This spiralling, three-dimensional coral maze is bleached for the second year in a row, but it can recover – if we act immediately

April 12, 2017 — And so it begins: the end of days. The Great Barrier Reef is bleaching for the second year in a row and now, according to the results of helicopter surveys released on Monday, it is the middle Continue reading We must act immediately to save the Great Barrier Reef

NASA scans Great Barrier Reef to find answers to coral’s poor health

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A US$15m three-year coral reef airborne laboratory mission promises to solve outstanding mysteries of what drives coral reef health. Photograph: NASA

Impetus for the new survey came from analysis that could not find clear link between reef health and human impacts

September 14, 2016 — Scientists working on a NASA-led project are scanning large swathes of the Great Barrier Reef as part of the biggest assessment of the world’s coral reefs ever undertaken.  Continue reading NASA scans Great Barrier Reef to find answers to coral’s poor health

Scientists warn world will miss key climate target

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A tropical coral reef off Fiji. Photograph: Alamy

Grim backdrop to vital global emissions talks as new analysis shows 1.5°C limit on warming is close to being broken

August 7, 2016 — Leading climate scientists have warned that the Earth is perilously close to breaking through a 1.5°C upper limit for global warming, only eight months after the target was set.  Continue reading Scientists warn world will miss key climate target

Satellite imagery shows ecocide in South China Sea

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Image by Victor Robert Lee and DigitalGlobe
Poaching of giant clam shells is causing massive scarring of coral reefs

January 17, 2016 — Satellite images of the South China Sea show man-made scarring of coral reefs on a scale heretofore unappreciated, much of which occurred between 2012 and late 2015.

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