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Global warming killing the Great Barrier Reef: Study

Corals on Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef experienced a catastrophic die-off following the extended marine heatwave of 2016, a study has found.

Apr 19, 2018, 16:35 PM IST

Scientists develop sun shield to prevent coral bleaching

The sun shield is made from an ultra-thin biodegradable film that is 50,000 times thinner than a human hair and contains calcium carbonate, the same ingredient corals use to make their hard skeletons, Efe news quoted GBRF as saying.

Mar 27, 2018, 12:32 PM IST

Coral transplant may help save Great Barrier Reef

The success of this new research not only applies to the Great Barrier Reef but has potential global significance.

Nov 26, 2017, 19:56 PM IST

New hope for Great Barrier Reef: Scientists say rare giant sea snail can get rid of threat

Scientists including those from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, are investigating the potential of natural predators of COTS to curb populations.

Sep 18, 2017, 12:49 PM IST

Great Barrier Reef left off UNESCO's 'in danger list'

Australia`s management of the Great Barrier Reef has come under sustained criticism amid the biggest ever coral die-off as a result of the strongest El Nino in 20 years, a weather event that scientists believe is exacerbated by climate change.

Jul 06, 2017, 10:16 AM IST

'Perfect storm' led to mass bleaching in Great Barrier Reef

A 2016 aerial survey of the northern Great Barrier Reef showed that 90 per cent of reefs in some of these areas were severely bleached.

Jul 04, 2017, 17:18 PM IST

Worth of Australia's Great Barrier Reef valued at US $42 billion, study says 'it's too big to fail'

The study, based on six months' analysis, comes as the reef suffers an unprecedented second straight year of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change with the problems compounded this year by a powerful cyclone pummelling the area. 

Jun 26, 2017, 14:58 PM IST

Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef worse than first thought

Initial aerial and in-water surveys confirmed that about 29% of shallow water corals died from bleaching during 2016, up from the previous estimate of 22%, with the reef currently experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of bleaching.

May 29, 2017, 13:19 PM IST

Relief to the Great Barrier Reef with vinegar

The innovative method of killing crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) is safe to other marine life and will now be introduced on the reef.

Apr 27, 2017, 17:05 PM IST

Do you know how much the Great Barrier Reef damage may cost?

Scientists this week announced that two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef has been damaged by back-to-back severe bleaching events caused by record-breaking temperatures.

Apr 12, 2017, 13:56 PM IST

Shocking truth about Great Barrier Reef! Two-thirds of world's largest coral system damaged in 'unprecedented' bleaching

The combined impact of this back-to-back bleaching stretches for 1,500 km, leaving only the southern third unscathed  said professor Terry Hughes, Director of the James Cook University's Centre for Excellence in Coral Reef Studies.

Apr 10, 2017, 13:41 PM IST

Cyclone strikes healthiest part of Great Barrier Reef

A cyclone that left a trail of destruction in northeast Australia and New Zealand has also damaged one of the few healthy sections of the Great Barrier Reef to have escaped large-scale bleaching, scientists said on Monday.


Apr 10, 2017, 08:56 AM IST

Australia to begin evacuating cyclone-hit island resorts

Emergency services plan to evacuate thousands of people stranded on resort islands with water supplies running low in Australia's tropical northeast on Thursday, two days after Cyclone Debbie tore through the region. 

Mar 30, 2017, 09:03 AM IST

Army assesses damage after storm "absolutely smashes" north Australia

Australia`s Army and emergency workers headed to areas of tropical Queensland state hardest hit by Cyclone Debbie on Wednesday, finding roads blocked by fallen trees, sugarcane fields flattened and widespread damage in coastal towns.

Mar 29, 2017, 11:27 AM IST

Halting global warming only way to save Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Climate change is the single greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, said co-author professor Morgan Pratchett, from Queensland's James Cook University.

Mar 16, 2017, 10:48 AM IST

Great Barrier Reef suffers severe coral bleaching for second year in a row

On Thursday, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) carried out the first survey for 2017 over the area between Cairns and Townsville in Queensland state.

Mar 10, 2017, 09:30 AM IST

Largest-ever undersea landslide 30 times the volume of Australia's iconic rock Uluru found on Great Barrier Reef

The remains of the landslide, known as the Gloria Knolls Slide, measures 30 times the volume of the iconic Uluru rock and are located 75 km off the coast of Innisfail.

Feb 08, 2017, 11:38 AM IST

‘Weed-like’ algae killing Great Barrier Reef corals: Study

The research was undertaken at Heron Island, a coral cay on the southern end of the reef using underwater reef experiments and outdoor lab studies.

Feb 07, 2017, 00:09 AM IST

'World witnessed longest bleaching event in past two years'

In 2016, bleaching hit 90 per cent of coral on the iconic Great Barrier Reef and killed more than 20 per cent of the reef's coral, researchers said.

Jan 05, 2017, 20:44 PM IST

Great Barrier Reef gets a rare visit from world's most elusive whale species!

This is the first confirmed sighting of the said species in the Great Barrier Reef.

Dec 15, 2016, 23:09 PM IST