Great Barrier Reef

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RIP, Great Barrier Reef: We're Just Killing You

New study finds shocking coral loss over the past 2 decades

(Newser) - A new study on the Great Barrier Reef says half its corals have died over the past 20 years—and the clock is ticking, NBC News reports. Researchers in Queensland, Australia, found a drastic reduction in the size of reef coral colonies between 1995 and 2017, across nearly all species... More »

Bleaching Hits Great Barrier Reef Like Never Before

With warmer temperatures, deadly problem is 'more widespread than ever'

(Newser) - An aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef shows coral bleaching is sweeping across the area off the east of Australia for the third time in five years. Bleaching has struck all three regions of the world’s largest coral reef system and is more widespread than ever, scientists from... More »

Shark Kills Wildlife Worker

He was on his way back to boat when he was fatally attacked on the Great Barrier Reef

(Newser) - A shark fatally mauled a young Australian wildlife worker on the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Tuesday. Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 23-year-old victim worked for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, the AP reports. "Once again a family out there is grieving for a young man... More »

Shark Bites 2 Tourists on Great Barrier Reef

One man lost a foot

(Newser) - A shark bit off a British tourist's foot and mauled another British tourist's leg on Tuesday as the men snorkeled on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, officials say. The men, aged 22 and 28, had been on a snorkeling tour in the Whitsunday Islands when they were attacked,... More »

Huge Raft of Pumice Is Floating in the Ocean

It rose up from a volcano, and might end up helping the Great Barrier Reef

(Newser) - Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in trouble , but the ocean itself might be sending some slow-moving relief. An enormous floating island of pumice is headed toward Australia, and it could deliver new marine life to the endangered reef, reports CNN . The odd development is the result of an underwater... More »

Great Barrier Reef Gets a 'ScUber'

Uber is branching out way down under

(Newser) - Your submarine ride-share awaits in Queensland, Australia. Thanks to Uber, what's touted as the world's first submarine ride-share launches Monday, offering users a one-hour submarine tour of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as free pickup and a return helicopter or pontoon trip, per CNN . The "once-in-a-lifetime... More »

Shark Kills Tourist on Great Barrier Reef

It was 3rd attack in area in 7 weeks

(Newser) - A shark has killed a man in an island harbor on Australia's Great Barrier Reef where two tourists were mauled on consecutive days in September. The spate of attacks has left authorities struggling to explain an apparent escalation in danger in an internationally-renowned vacation destination, the AP reports. The... More »

'Mass Mortality' Hits Great Barrier Reef, Shocks Scientists

'Unprecedented bleaching event' killed off half the coral there over 2 years

(Newser) - An "unprecedented" bleaching event struck the Great Barrier Reef in 2016, with perilously high temperatures affecting the 1,400-mile-long stretch of coral. The Atlantic notes we already knew that this occurred , but that the toll is just now being fully understood: It describes a new study published in the... More »

Australia Stands to Lose $42B With Great Barrier Reef's Ruin

Al Gore warns of 'profound impacts' globally

(Newser) - A new report finds the Great Barrier Reef is too "critical" to fail—which is a problem since it's already failing . The report from Deloitte Access Economics notes the reef—with a "total asset value" of $42 billion, almost half of which comes from tourism—is the... More »

This Could Be the Only Way to Save the Great Barrier Reef

Cloud brightening could cool the ocean just enough: researchers

(Newser) - You'd think the search for a solution to bleaching coral in the Great Barrier Reef would have scientists looking down into the ocean, rather than up at the sky. But clouds could be key to combating warming ocean temperatures blamed for the bleaching, say Australian researchers. They believe that... More »

Experts 'Despondent' Over Great Barrier Reef

Only a third remains undamaged after back-to-back bleaching episodes

(Newser) - This time there's no El Niño to blame for the Great Barrier Reef "cooking and dying," as CNN puts it. Thanks to two years of back-to-back "bleaching" (algae loss) that researcher James Kerry tells the BBC is "unprecedented," two-thirds of the world's... More »

Great Barrier Reef Lost 22% of Its Coral This Year

It's the biggest one-time die-off on record

(Newser) - This year saw the worst mass die-off of coral ever recorded at the Great Barrier Reef, with the "most-pristine" parts of the reef being hit the hardest, the Guardian reports. One 430-mile section in the northern portion of the 1,400-mile-long reef lost 67% of its shallow-water coral. All... More »

Scientists: Stop Saying Great Barrier Reef Is Dead

An obituary for the reef published this week may do more harm than good

(Newser) - Reports of the Great Barrier Reef's death are greatly exaggerated—and "wildly irresponsible," according to scientists. The Huffington Post reports Outside Magazine published an "obituary" for the reef on Tuesday, giving 2016 as the year it died. And while the article may have had its heart... More »

Huge Reef Discovered Hiding Behind Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef just got greater

(Newser) - So, do we have to call it the Even Greater Barrier Reef now? In a study published last month in Coral Reefs , researchers announced the discovery of a massive 2,353-square-mile reef just north of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Scientists used LIDAR data from the Australian Navy to create... More »

10 Best Places to Visit in the World

See the Great Barrier Reef before it's gone

(Newser) - Visited New York City? Then you've already hit one of the top travel destinations in the world, according to US News & World Report . NYC sits at the No. 9 spot on its list, based on votes from editors and users, though it's actually No. 6 on this... More »

Bleaching Kills a Third of Barrier Reef Coral

It's even worse in some parts of world's biggest reef

(Newser) - Mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, though corals to the south have escaped with little damage, scientists say. Researchers who conducted months of aerial and underwater surveys of the 1,400-mile reef off... More »

Starfish-Slaying Robot to Be Deployed Soon

The crown of thorns starfish is killing the Great Barrier Reef

(Newser) - The number of coral-plundering crown of thorns starfish could boom from some 12 million to 60 million over the next four years, the Brisbane Times reports, and for Australia's Great Barrier Reef that would be akin to "a locust plague devastating vegetation," says Glen Holmes, co-author of... More »

We Could Be Seeing Biggest-Ever Coral Death

We may lose 5% of world's corals in latest bleaching event: scientists

(Newser) - A coral bleaching event is hitting the globe for just the third time on record, scientists say, and could lead to the biggest coral die-off in history, reports the Guardian . We could lose about 5% of the planet's corals (or 4,500 square miles) this year, while 38% may... More »

Killer Robot Is Coming for You, Killer Starfish

Researchers hope to protect Great Barrier Reef with new device

(Newser) - A robot tasked with the unusual job of killing starfish is nearly ready for deployment at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, reports the BBC . The Cotsbot was designed by Queensland University of Technology to eradicate crown-of-thorns starfish, labeled "one of the most significant threats to the Great Barrier Reef"... More »

Scientists Discover Incredible Coral Reef

In Australia, it rivals that nation's Great Barrier Reef

(Newser) - Australia already has at least one of the natural wonders of the world in the Great Barrier Reef, but it may have just added another one more than 300 feet under the sea on the other side of the continent, Mashable reports. According to a Parks Victoria announcement yesterday, scientists... More »

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