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Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef worse than expected, surveys show

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Staghorn coral killed by bleaching on the northern Great Barrier Reef, as shown in November 2016. Experts predict further coral cover decline in 2017. Photograph: Greg Torda/AP

Surveys taken throughout 2016 show escalating impact from north to south, with 70% of shallow water corals dead north of Port Douglas

May 29, 2017 — Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef last year was even worse than expected, while the full impact of the most recent event is yet to be determined. Continue reading Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef worse than expected, surveys show

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

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