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Climate Change Threatens to Obliterate Great Barrier Reef Corals

The worst-ever bleaching event affects 93 percent of Australia’s famous reef, as rising temperatures and sea levels bring swift death to vast swaths of the colorful creatures.

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Acid Test Shows Real Threat to Coral Reefs

A pioneering experiment on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has revealed clear evidence that coral growth is being restricted by rising levels of ocean acidity.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE



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An Even Quicker Death for the Great Barrier Reef?

As if climate change weren’t destroying the natural wonder quickly enough, the Australian government’s approval for construction of one of the world’s largest coal ports will involve dumping 3 million cubic meters of earth drudged from the ocean floor into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Navy Unloads Bombs in Great Barrier Reef

American fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into the world’s largest network of coral structures last week when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said.

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Underwater Landslide Could Trigger Australian Tsunami

A slab of rock overhanging an underwater canyon near the northeast border of Australia threatens to generate a tsunami when it eventually breaks off, researchers warned Friday.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 READ MORE


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Great Barrier’s Grief

Leave it to global warming to ruin both a day at the beach and an entire oceanic ecosystem. Researchers are blaming the environment’s public enemy No. 1 as well as rising seawater acidity for what has been the slowest coral growth rate at the Great Barrier Reef in more than 400 years.

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