Great Barrier Reef

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Posted on March 28, 2018 - 10:14am, by raye

Via Canberra Times

"The government measure will strip back highest-level protections in a host of sensitive marine areas, including critical waters near the Great Barrier Reef, saying its approach will continue to protect the environment while supporting fishing and tourism."

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Posted on February 5, 2018 - 1:29pm, by raye

Via Sierra

"Bleaching doesn’t necessarily kill coral, though it does turn it an eerie bone white. A type of photosynthetic algae called zooanthellae lives in the tissues, producing nutrients and carbon that the coral uses for energy. The symbiotic algae also give corals their stunning colors. When coral undergoes stress from pollution, loss of light, or increasing water temperatures, the zooanthellae are ejected, causing the coral to lose its color and food supply. If things go back to normal relatively quickly, the algae can often recolonize the coral and the system survives."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 4:20pm, by raye

Via Australian Geographic 

"It’s the first new species of branching coral discovered in more than three decades and was confirmed by legendary coral biologist Charlie Veron who during his career has discovered 20 per cent of the world’s coral species."

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Posted on November 22, 2017 - 1:47pm, by raye

Via The Atlantic 

"How do you get up and go to work every day when every day brings fresh news of loss? When everything you are working to save is collapsing, how do you stop yourself from collapsing, too? Maybe everything isn’t going to be fine, after all. Maybe we can’t do this."

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Posted on November 14, 2017 - 2:07pm, by raye

Via Gizmodo

"Despite both the economic and obvious environmental benefits to keeping it in tip-top shape, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's second World Heritage Outlook report confirmed the Reef is at a "very high level of threat" from climate change and there is "real concern" that its condition is deteriorating."

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Posted on September 13, 2017 - 10:21am, by abrown

Via Phys.org

The loss of branching corals and changes in coral community structure was examined for the Australian Palm Island region in a new study "Extensive loss of branching corals and changes in coral community structure in Australia's Palm Islands region over the past century has been revealed in a new study. The study used high-resolution uranium-thorium dating, modern and palaeoecological techniques to learn about coral loss in the past. 

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Posted on September 6, 2017 - 11:04am, by nwehner

Via Phys.org

"Who cares about the Great Barrier Reef? Many people, and according to a paper published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, some of the most passionately connected individuals can come from far away places, across the globe."

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Posted on August 14, 2017 - 12:00pm, by abrown

Via The Guardian

"A scientific research expedition funded by the tourism industry will undertake the first significant underwater study of remote northern sections of the Great Barrier Reef, which were severely damaged by recent coral bleaching."

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Posted on June 26, 2017 - 11:34am, by abrown

Via The Sydney Morning Herald

"The Great Barrier Reef is worth $56 billion.

That's the "total asset value" according to a new Deloitte Access Economics report that calculates the World Heritage site's full economic, social and iconic brand value for the first time."

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