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Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to 'very poor'

Sydney - Australia downgraded the Great Barrier Reef's long-term outlook to "very poor" for the first time Friday, as the world heritage site struggles with "escalating" climate change.

Heatwaves kill coral reefs far faster than thought: study

Sydney - Marine heatwaves are killing coral reefs far more quickly than previously believed, according to a new study released on Friday.

Fears flood water runoff could 'smother' Barrier Reef

Sydney - Runoff from recent floods in northern Australia is flowing onto parts of the Barrier Reef, scientists said Friday, starving coral of light and providing fodder for the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish.

Surviving bleached Barrier Reef coral 'more resilient to heat'

Sydney - Corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef that survived bleaching from rising sea temperatures were more resistant to another bout of hot conditions the following year, scientists said Tuesday, a "silver lining" for the embattled ecosystem.

Cloud brightening, 'sun shields' to save Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia announced plans Friday to explore concepts such as firing salt into clouds and covering swathes of water with a thin layer of film in a bid to save the embattled Great Barrier Reef.

Researchers find 'catastrophic' coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffered a "catastrophic die-off" of coral during an extended heatwave in 2016, threatening a broader range of reef life than previously feared, a report revealed Thursday.

Two Americans die in Great Barrier Reef chopper crash

Sydney - Two elderly American tourists have been killed in a helicopter crash at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, police said Thursday, despite onlookers' desperate attempts to revive the pair.

Giant sea snail plan to rescue Barrier Reef

Sydney - A giant starfish-eating snail could be unleashed to help save the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Monday, with a trial underway to breed thousands of the rare species.

UNESCO keeps Great Barrier Reef off 'in danger' list

Varsovia - UNESCO said Thursday its World Heritage Committee (WHC) had decided not to place Australia's Great Barrier Reef on its list of sites "in danger" despite concern over coral bleaching.

India's Adani to start work on mine near Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - Indian mining giant Adani on Tuesday said it will start work on a huge US$16 billion coal project that environmentalists warn will damage Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

India's Adani to start work on mine near Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - Indian mining giant Adani on Tuesday said it will start work on a huge US$16 billion coal project that environmentalists warn will damage Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

India's Adani to start work on mine near Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - Indian mining giant Adani on Tuesday said it will start work on a huge US$16 billion coal project that environmentalists warn will damage Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Chemical cocktail found in Barrier Reef turtles

Sydney - Human medicines and household substances have been discovered in the blood of green turtles in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, researchers said Friday, highlighting the impact of man-made matter on marine life.

Great Barrier Reef bleaching worse than first thought

Sydney - Coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef is worse than first thought and the impact will accelerate unless global greenhouse gas emissions are cut, scientists said Monday.

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

Sydney - Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier Reef.

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades: experts

Sydney - Australia's plan to rescue the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last year, experts said Friday.

Scientists find huge ancient landslide on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A massive underwater landslide that could have triggered a towering tsunami some 300,000 years ago has been discovered in the depths of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Wednesday.

Scientists find huge ancient landslide on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A massive underwater landslide that could have triggered a towering tsunami some 300,000 years ago has been discovered in the depths of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Wednesday.

Scientists find huge ancient landslide on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A massive underwater landslide that could have triggered a towering tsunami some 300,000 years ago has been discovered in the depths of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Wednesday.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Great Barrier Reef bleaching could cost a million tourists

Sydney - Severe coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could cost it more than a million visitors a year and huge sums in lost tourism revenue, a survey said Tuesday.

Third of coral 'dead or dying' in parts of Barrier Reef

Sydney - At least 35 percent of corals in parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef are dead or dying from mass bleaching caused by global warming, scientists said Monday.

Large parts of Barrier Reef dead in 20 years: scientists

Sydney - Large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday.

Large parts of Barrier Reef dead in 20 years: scientists

Sydney - Large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday.

Large parts of Barrier Reef dead in 20 years: scientists

Sydney - Large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday.

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Great Barrier Reef: scientists

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of the World Heritage site affected, scientists said Wednesday as they revealed the phenomenon is also hitting the other side of the country.

First signs of coral bleaching in Sydney Harbour: Scientists

Sydney - Coral bleaching has been detected in Sydney Harbour for the first time, Australian scientists said Tuesday, blaming the damaging phenomenon also found in the Great Barrier Reef on warming sea-surface temperatures.

Worst bleaching on record for Great Barrier Reef: scientists

Sydney - Aerial surveys of Australia's Great Barrier Reef have revealed the worst bleaching on record in the icon's pristine north, scientists said Tuesday, with few corals escaping damage.
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