Great Barrier Reef has suffered its worst die-off ever recorded


During the past two years, Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef suffered its largest die-off ever recorded — with an average of 67 percent of corals in one area declared dead, scientists said on Monday. The cause was unusually warm waters that pushed the intricate ecosystems past their limits of survival.

The worst affected area is a 430 mile section of reefs in the northern part of the reef that has lost an average of 67 percent of its shallow water corals in just the past 8 to 9 months alone. 

These corals, located off the coast of Cooktown, are now a ghostly white, having expelled the symbiotic algae that gave them their vibrant colors and helped feed a huge array of marine species.  Read more…

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Great Barrier Reef is A-OK says climate change denier as she manhandles coral


Oh, the i.r.o.n.y.

Right-wing Australian politician and climate change waffler Pauline Hanson visited the Great Barrier Reef Friday and declared everything looked fine to her. 

In early 2016, sections of the immense 2,300-kilometre (1,430-mile) reef suffered through a global coral bleaching event that especially impacted its northern reaches. Scientists found that unusually warm water temperatures spurred by El Niño and climate change had a devastating effect. But what’s expertise in the face of blind ignorance?

The leader of the One Nation Party took a dip near Queensland’s Great Keppel Island, the ABC reported, more than 1,000 kilometres from the epicentre of the reef’s coral bleaching event at Lizard Island. Read more…

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