A government institute has found a significant decline in hard coral cover over the past five years, which scientists say will continue if anthropogenic global warming isn’t addressed.
Great Barrier Reef
The colour! These late 19th-century illustrations of the corals of the Great Barrier Reef are mesmerising.
The severe and repeated bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef has not only damaged corals, it has reduced the reef’s ability to recover.
Coral bleaching can occur with or without an El Niño event, prompting concerns from scientists that Queensland’s record- breaking heatwave increases the likeliness of a third mass bleaching event in just four years.
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Here, Dr Karl explains the number one problem facing our Great Barrier Reef: coral bleaching caused by climate change.
Scientists are continuing to call for urgent climate change action as a new study reveals the extent of the damage wrought by the 2016 bleaching event.
Is the planet’s worst environmental catastrophe already underway in the waters off the Queensland coast? Australian Geographic investigates the future of the Great Barrier Reef.