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More than 90% of great barrier reef suffers coral bleaching after heatwave in Australia
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More than 90% of great barrier reef suffers coral bleaching after heatwave in Australia

Bleaching in 2016, 2017 and 2020 damaged two-thirds of the coral in the famed reef off Australia's eastern coast

UNESCO defers downgrade of Australia's Great Barrier Reef after Canberra garners international support
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UNESCO defers downgrade of Australia's Great Barrier Reef after Canberra garners international support

Many in Australia's conservative government saw the move as an attempt to pressure it into committing to reducing the nation's greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050

Several UN World Heritage sites in danger of losing status because of damage, development or tourism
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Several UN World Heritage sites in danger of losing status because of damage, development or tourism

The UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization recommended Monday a major revamp of the heritage list.

Australia vows to challenge UNESCO's plans to downgrade Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status
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Australia vows to challenge UNESCO's plans to downgrade Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status

The UN World Heritage Committee in a draft report said 'there is no possible doubt' that the network of colourful corals off Australia's northeast coast was 'facing ascertained danger'

The Great Barrier Reef might not recover from the mass bleaching event that took place in March
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The Great Barrier Reef might not recover from the mass bleaching event that took place in March

An aerial survey has shown that the coral bleaching is sweeping across the reef for the third time in five years.

Corals of Great Barrier Reef to face a period of heat-induced mass coral bleaching
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Corals of Great Barrier Reef to face a period of heat-induced mass coral bleaching

The 345,400 sq km World Heritage-listed coral network has been devastated by four coral bleaching events since 1998.

Climate strike: From Asia to Africa, millions of schoolkids inspired by Greta Thunberg march for action on global warming
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Climate strike: From Asia to Africa, millions of schoolkids inspired by Greta Thunberg march for action on global warming

Crowds of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change, heeding the rallying cry of teen activist Greta Thunberg.

Dedicated coral gardeners are bringing back Jamaica's coral reefs, piece by piece
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Dedicated coral gardeners are bringing back Jamaica's coral reefs, piece by piece

Fish and coral have a codependent relationship, the fish rely on the reef to evade danger and lay eggs.

Warming oceans cause further damage to corals, Oz downgrades outlook to 'very poor'
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Warming oceans cause further damage to corals, Oz downgrades outlook to 'very poor'

91 percent of the coral reef had been bleached at least once during three bleaching events of the past two decades

Coral reefs form halos that can be seen from space – scientists finally know why
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Coral reefs form halos that can be seen from space – scientists finally know why

Unlike corals that undergo bleaching, halos are formed when corals are healthy and thriving.

Great Barrier Reef is being reshaped by global warming for good — except it's bad
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Great Barrier Reef is being reshaped by global warming for good — except it's bad

Healthy corals need 10 years to recover after major damage — ten years they probably don't have.

Some species of corals are becoming resilient to warming ocean temperatures
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Some species of corals are becoming resilient to warming ocean temperatures

The insides of a particularly long-living genus of corals, Porites, led to the new finding.

Scientists' apocalyptic warnings are scaring visitors out of Great Barrier Reef
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Scientists' apocalyptic warnings are scaring visitors out of Great Barrier Reef

Every year, more than two million snorkel-wielding tourists head to the Great Barrier Reef.

Drumlines are killing endangered sharks species in Great Barrier Reef: Experts
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Drumlines are killing endangered sharks species in Great Barrier Reef: Experts

Experts called "for a change in our views of sharks and a change in policy to reflect that."

Australia unveils starfish-killing robot to protect the Great Barrier Reef
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Australia unveils starfish-killing robot to protect the Great Barrier Reef

The RangerBot has an eight-hour battery life is able to map reef areas at very small scales.

Deep coral reefs won't host marine life fleeing threats of climate change: Study
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Deep coral reefs won't host marine life fleeing threats of climate change: Study

Worldwide, coral reefs in shallow waters are among ecosystems most threatened by climate change.

Australia failing on commitments to protect the Great Barrier Reef say activists
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Australia failing on commitments to protect the Great Barrier Reef say activists

Experts have warned that deforestation increases runoff into the reef, reducing water quality and light.

The Great Barrier Reef has overcome near-extinction situations five times, but faces the most severe stress in more acidic oceans today
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The Great Barrier Reef has overcome near-extinction situations five times, but faces the most severe stress in more acidic oceans today

Great Barrier Reef is reeling from successive bouts of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.

The destruction of reefs is bad news for humanity: How we can work to reverse the damage
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The destruction of reefs is bad news for humanity: How we can work to reverse the damage

In the millions of years of their existence, coral reefs have never faced such a combined onslaught of stressors at such a pace as they do today.

Great Barrier Reef an asset worth $42 billion which is 'too big to fail', says study
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Great Barrier Reef an asset worth $42 billion which is 'too big to fail', says study

The World Heritage-listed reef is the largest living structure on Earth and its economic and social value was calculated for the first time.