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Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’

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Scientists hope to restore damaged coral on the Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Auscape / UIG/Getty Images/Universal Images Group

Project, which could help restore damaged coral populations, has seen success in the Philippines

November 26, 2017 — Scientists have stepped in as environmental matchmakers by breeding baby coral on the Great Barrier Reef in a move that could have worldwide significance. Continue reading Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’

From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

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Mount Kilimanjaro – a natural wonder at risk from climate change as its glaciers shrink. Photograph: khanbm52/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe

November 13, 2017 — From the Everglades in the US to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, climate change is destroying the many of the greatest wonders of the natural world. Continue reading From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

More coral bleaching feared for Great Barrier Reef in coming months

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The coral bleaching events of 2016 and this year are said to have killed about half the Great Barrier Reef’s coral cover. Photograph: Greenpeace/Reuters

The next event, if it occurs, may not be as damaging as the previous two, but could ruin the chances of coral recovery

November 3, 2017 — The Great Barrier Reef could face more bleaching in the coming months, following unprecedented mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which are believed to have killed half the coral. Continue reading More coral bleaching feared for Great Barrier Reef in coming months

Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves undermines global protection

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David Suzuki has implored Australia to ‘wake up’ and face the interconnected issues of climate change and ocean health. Photograph: Scott Oates

Conservationist and 1,461 other scientists release statement describing Australia’s oceans as a ‘global asset’ that must be protected

September 26, 2017 — Growing global momentum to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing could be undermined by Australia, warns renowned conservationist David Suzuki and more than 1,461 other scientists. Continue reading Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves undermines global protection

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

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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

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

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SERIOUS DAMAGE. This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland, Australia. File photo by Sarah Lai/AFP

An independent report says the ‘unprecedented’ bleaching and coral die-off in 2016 was ‘a game changer’

SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 26, 2017) — Australia’s plan to rescue the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last year, experts said Friday, February 24. Continue reading Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

Scientists resort to advertising to get Great Barrier Reef crisis

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The front page of the Courier Mail. Photograph: News Corp Australia

Climate Council pays for full-page advert as expert says the Courier Mail, Queensland’s biggest newspaper, is not covering coral bleaching properly

April 21, 2016 — Scientists say they are fed up with Queensland’s biggest newspaper not covering the worst bleaching event to hit the Great Barrier Reef, so have taken out a full page ad to get the message out.  Continue reading Scientists resort to advertising to get Great Barrier Reef crisis