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Almost 75% of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died from bleaching, says report

coral bleaching occurs when unusually warm water causes coral to expel algae, turning it white
Coral bleaching occurs when unusually warm water causes coral to expel algae, turning it white. Photograph: The Ocean Agency

Coral in the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa has turned brown and is covered with algae, according to a government study

January 13, 2017 — Almost three-quarters of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died, according to a report that blames its demise on rising sea temperatures caused by global warming.  Continue reading Almost 75% of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died from bleaching, says report

Great Barrier Reef authority a ‘shell of its former self’, says Queensland minister

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According to conservationists, due to underfunding, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority risks being left unable to deal with the challenges of coral bleaching, the impacts of climate change, poor water quality and industrialisation Photograph: Justin Blank/AAP

Environment minister Steven Miles calls on federal government to fast-track extra $1.65m for agency tasked with protecting the reef

November 7, 2016 — Queensland’s environment minister has flagged concerns that the agency tasked with protecting the Great Barrier Reef is running as a “shell of its former self” amid the underfunding of a cornerstone program.  Continue reading Great Barrier Reef authority a ‘shell of its former self’, says Queensland minister

Australia’s vast kelp forests devastated by marine heatwave

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The giant kelp forests are part of the Great Southern Reef – a global biodiversity hotspot, with up to 30% of species endemic. Photograph: Thomas Schmitt/Getty Images

About 90% of forests off the western coast were wiped out between 2011 to 2013, posing a threat to biodiversity and the marine economy, say scientists

July 7, 2016 — A hundred kilometres of kelp forests off the western coast of Australia were wiped out by a marine heatwave between 2010 and 2013, a new study has revealed.  Continue reading Australia’s vast kelp forests devastated by marine heatwave

April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs

Latest monthly figures add to string of recent temperature records and all but assure 2016 will be hottest year on record

May 16, 2016 — Last month was the hottest April on record globally – and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records. Continue reading April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs

Devastating images tell story of coral colonies’ destruction

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Coral bleaching seen at Loomis Reef, off Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Essential Media

A series of images taken from around Lizard Island reveal the rapid death of coral across thousands of kilometres of the reef as bleaching takes hold

May 12, 2016 — Devastating images showing the complete destruction of coral colonies on the Great Barrier Reef have been obtained by Guardian Australia and illustrate what is happening to coral there that would fill an area the size of Scotland. Continue reading Devastating images tell story of coral colonies’ destruction

Coral Reefs rapidly ‘wasting away’ under stress

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Florida’s reef is home to 100 coral species and more than 400 fish species. Photograph: Jeff Hunter/Getty Images

Accelerated acidification of coastal waters has brought about structural decline of only reef in continental US, initially pegged by scientists at around 2050

May 5, 2016 — Florida’s coral reefs are disintegrating far more quickly than previously thought, with warming, acidifying oceans causing a “wasting away” of the coral structures that support an abundance of marine life, new research has found. Continue reading Coral Reefs rapidly ‘wasting away’ under stress

Activists launch fresh court challenge over Carmichael coalmine

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A diver checks the bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef. It could worsen if Australian coal production is allowed to increase, activists argue. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Conservation Foundation argues emissions from coal mined from Adani’s project will put the Great Barrier Reef at risk by exacerbating climate change

May 3, 2016 — A landmark case pitting the Great Barrier Reef against Adani’s proposed Carmichael coalmine begins in the federal court on Tuesday. Continue reading Activists launch fresh court challenge over Carmichael coalmine

Greens call for new tax on mining

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A recent study showed almost 93% of the reef was suffering from bleaching. Greens’ leader, Richard di Natale, announced a seven-point plan to tax mining and invest the money in revitalising the reef and in clean energy projects and jobs. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Greens leader Richard di Natale says Australia needs to plan for a future without coal, not a future without the reef

April 28, 2016 — The Greens want coal companies to start paying “for the damage they are doing” to the Great Barrier Reef, announcing a new plan to tax miners heavily and use the money to revitalise the reef and to invest in clean energy projects and jobs. Continue reading Greens call for new tax on mining

The heart of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral bleaching disaster

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Clown fish in a bleached sea anemone at Lizard Island, Great Barrier reef. Photograph: CoralWatch

Corals on Loomis Reef are dying as one veteran scientist lets the “veil” of academia drop to reveal anger and frustration

April 21, 2016 — Stretching for half a kilometer or so, Loomis Reef is the place where the alarm bells started going off.

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Great Barrier Reef, 93% of reefs hit by coral bleaching

Comprehensive aerial survey reveals full extent of the devastation caused by abnormally warm ocean temperatures

April 19, 2016 — Almost 93% of reefs on the Great Barrier Reef have been hit by coral bleaching, according to a comprehensive survey revealing the full extent of the devastation caused by abnormally warm ocean temperatures sweeping the globe.

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