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Reef damage could cost Australia a million tourists – study

damaged coral reefs
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

Zero recovery for corals in back-to-back Australia bleaching

aerial view of a section of the great barrier reef near cairns
An aerial view of a section of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia, March 2017. Photo courtesy Ed Roberts/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

The Barrier Reef is already under pressure from farming runoff, development and the crown-of-thorns starfish

SYDNEY, Australia (Apr. 10, 2017) — Coral bleached for two consecutive years at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has “zero prospect” of recovery, scientists warned Monday, April 10, as they confirmed the site has again been hit by warming sea temperatures. Continue reading Zero recovery for corals in back-to-back Australia bleaching

Big clean-up under way in flood-ravaged Australia

flood waters submerging part of a highway
SUBMERGED. This handout from the Queensland Police Service taken on March 29, 2017 shows flood waters submerging part of a highway near the Cyclone Debbie-hit Bowen area in Queensland. Queensland Police Service

The Insurance Council of Australia estimates the damage bill could reach Aus$1 billion (US$770 million)

SYDNEY, Australia (Apr. 3, 2017) — A “gut-wrenching” clean-up was in full swing Monday, April 3, as floodwaters receded across parts of Australia devastated by a cyclone, with residents and business owners returning to thick mud, piles of debris and ruined property. Continue reading Big clean-up under way in flood-ravaged Australia