A "massive" detached coral reef has been discovered in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Measuring almost 500 m in height, the reef is taller than the Empire State Building and many of the world's other skyscrapers.
Since the mid-1990s, coral in the Great Barrier Reef has declined by more than 50%. The research spanned the entire 2,300 km of the Great Barrier Reef and found a disturbing loss at pretty much every level.
Australia’s government has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars toward protecting the Great Barrier Reef, in what’s being called the largest single investment in the embattled ecosystem ever.
In a notably blunt study in the journal Nature scientists report that in 2016 alone, about 30 percent of the Great Barrier Reef’s corals were lost, with the most severe damage in the isolated northern sector.
As water temperatures rise and ocean acidity levels increase, corals are dying off at record rates. Australian researchers believe they may be able to prevent coral bleaching in parts of the world's largest coral reef system.
Parts of the Great Barrier Reef will never fully recover from repeated bleaching of its corals, caused by spikes in the water temperature, detailed analysis shows.
Abnormally high water temperatures caused by you-know-what are being blamed for the worst coral die-off ever recorded along Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most celebrated ecosystems on Earth - and it's dying. Months of extreme heat have turned thousands of miles of pristine habitat into an endless watery graveyard. This year's coral bleaching event comes as a warning. If we don't bring carbon emissions down fast, the Great Barrier Reef will not survive the century.