Australia’s heavily bleached world heritage site is not ‘In Danger’ but is the status really a big win? Here are the pros and cons of UNESCO’s decision.
Earth/Environment July 9, 2017
UNESCO has voted leaving the Great Barrier Reef off its 'in danger' list despite its recent destruction from mass coral bleaching. Who wins and loses in this decision on the embattled world heritage site?
Earth/Environment July 6, 2017
The Great Barrier Reef is valued at a huge AU $56 billion (or US $42 billion). Read more findings from the report from Deloitte Access Economics about Great Barrier Reef and Australian economy links.
Earth/Environment June 26, 2017
UNESCO urged the Australian government to beef up efforts save the Great Barrier Reef from complete damage. The reef's coral underwent several mass bleaching events and are in danger of becoming extinct.
Earth/Environment June 4, 2017
The Great Barrier Reef isn't the only one in danger. Seventy percent of the world's reefs have been affected by global warming and more could follow.
Earth/Environment May 31, 2017
Experts have said that the Great Barrier Reef can no longer be saved in its present form because of the extent of climate change. What are the recommendations for the World Heritage Site?
Earth/Environment May 30, 2017
The Australian government has announced $18 million in funding to protect the Great Barrier Reef, particularly its water quality management. But it won't be enough in the face of major coral bleaching and climate change, according to an expert.
Earth/Environment April 14, 2017
Corals in the Great Barrier Reef are in danger as scientists reported massive bleaching taking place in the region. This is the second consecutive year of bleaching after 500 miles of the reef was affected in 2016.
Earth/Environment April 11, 2017
Hypoxia in oceans, or low oxygen levels, can create large dead zones that snuff out marine life and threaten coral reefs worldwide. Learn how dead zones affect coral reefs worldwide, even in tropical regions.
Earth/Environment March 22, 2017
Cooler ocean is needed to save Australia's Great Barrier Reef from coral bleaching, says a new study. Other measures to protect the coral reefs can only do so much, but ultimately, the need is even more urgent for a global action to address global warming.
Earth/Environment March 17, 2017
Banning fishing and reducing pollution did not prevent severe coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef. What could happen when more sections of Australia's reef experience massive coral die-offs?
Space March 16, 2017
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is in trouble but it is not the end of it. Scientists are finding ways how to save the world's coral ecosystem from dying.
Earth/Environment March 13, 2017
While still recovering from the worst coral bleaching event ever in 2016, the Great Barrier Reef is likely facing another impending threat. It could undergo another widespread bleaching this year, according to the reef authority.
Earth/Environment February 27, 2017
Coral bleaching continues to damage recovering coral reefs around the globe. Experts say the Paris Agreement may not quite be enough to solve the problem.
Earth/Environment February 25, 2017
A new global initiative called 50 Reefs Project has been announced at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali. The project aims at protecting world’s coral reefs from extinction, which are expected to mostly disappear by 2050.
Earth/Environment February 24, 2017
Recurring tourist deaths in Great Barrier Reef have led the authorities clamping new security safeguards on reef tourists. As a result, life jackets will be mandatory for reef snorkeling even as coral bleaching and coral death rates are rising.
Earth/Environment February 24, 2017
The Gloria Knolls Slide, an undersea landslide that occurred more than 300,000 years ago, produced underwater hills and may have triggered powerful tsunami. The Great Barrier Reef may have dampened the impact of the waves.
Earth/Environment February 10, 2017
Increased CO2 levels in seawater may propel algae to emit more toxins, leading to the death of coral in the Great Barrier Reef. The coral may partly die by 2050 and get wiped out by 2100 per a new study.
Earth/Environment February 5, 2017
The impact of global warming on ocean temperature has started taking the toll on coral reefs. According to reports, 70 percent of Japan’s biggest coral reef, the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa, has died from coral bleaching.
Earth/Environment January 16, 2017
Rapidly rising seas resulting from melting glaciers as well as polar ice sheet nearly wiped out the Great Barrier Reef some 125,000 years earlier, according to University of Sydney researchers.
Earth/Environment January 9, 2017
One of the world’s most beautiful wonders is fighting for its life as new research suggests damage this year alone. The culprit is savage, but there is still hope.
Earth/Environment December 31, 2016
Coral die-offs in Australia's Great Barrier Reef for 2016 have been a record due to the warming of oceans. A study said the most affected has been a 700-kilometer patch at the northern part of the reef.
Earth/Environment November 29, 2016
The Great Barrier Reef is dying but it is not yet dead. Scientists expressed concern over reports claiming Australia's famed coral reef system is already dead.
Earth/Environment October 16, 2016
NASA has teamed up with Australian researchers to study the Great Barrier Reef. The agency’s PRISM instrument has arrived in the country and is now ready for use.
Earth/Environment September 14, 2016
Scientists in Australia were in for a surprise when they discovered another massive reef just behind the Great Barrier Reef. Known as the 'doughnut' reef, the reef system has structures that are just like tree rings, experts say.
Earth/Environment September 4, 2016
The Great Barrier Reef, which is made of bioherms of Halimeda, is amazingly bigger than previously thought. The massive reef is found to be 33 feet deep and 600 to 1,000 feet wide, which is three times larger than estimated before.
Earth/Environment August 31, 2016
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the special allocation of $1 billion to support clean water projects to preserve the Great Barrier Reef. The said fund will come from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation's $10 billion budget.
Earth/Environment June 13, 2016
NASA has launched a novel scientific program that aims to take coral reef study on a whole new level. The project aims to save the world's coral reef ecosystem.
Earth/Environment June 10, 2016
More than a third of corals in the Central and Northern Great Barrier Reef may already be dead due to coral bleaching. The reason for this is most probably global warming, experts said.
Earth/Environment May 30, 2016
The Great Barrier Reef was excluded in the recent UN report on climate change. The Environment Department of Australia said the report may have negative effects on tourism.
Earth/Environment May 27, 2016
Deeper waters may better help coral reefs deal with bleaching, according to a new U.N. report. Researchers have found that mesophotic coral ecosystems situated deep under the water may serve as a lifeboat for marine species.
Earth/Environment May 26, 2016
Coal dust from shipping activities poses new dangers to coral reef systems, fish and seagrass. High exposure to coal dust can kill corals in two weeks while those exposed to lower levels survived longer, but died after a month.
Earth/Environment May 18, 2016
Marine experts warn that the continued bleaching and death of coral reef systems is causing significant changes in the ecosystems of the world's oceans. Reef fish are now finding it difficult to detect predators because of the death of corals.
Earth/Environment May 12, 2016
Coral bleaching is killing off vast populations in reefs around the world. What is the cost we pay for global warming?
Earth/Environment May 11, 2016
According to scientists, the Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years. The scientists said that due to climate change, mass coral bleaching will result in eventual death of the reefs.
Earth/Environment April 29, 2016
For the first time, researchers showed that some survivors of coral bleaching can obtain and host new kinds of microalgae from their environment, making them more heat-tolerant and better armed for recovery.
Earth/Environment April 22, 2016
A comprehensive survey showed that 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef is affected by coral bleaching. Its northern portion is the most affected, with 81 percent of its 522 reefs severely bleached.
Earth/Environment April 21, 2016
A new study on the Great Barrier Reef corals revealed something startling. An increase of 0.5 degrees Celsius of present water temperatures may lead to the corals' death.
Earth/Environment April 17, 2016
Environmentalists hit the Queensland government for granting a mining license to an India-based company to dig the country's largest coal mine. The mega coal mining project is feared to worsen the damage on the Great Barrier Reef, currently suffering its worst coral bleaching event yet.
Earth/Environment April 10, 2016
The recent mass coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef could jeopardize its world heritage status, warned scientists and conservationists. UNESCO will likely watch the disaster unfold with great alarm as it is pinned on El Niño and climate change.
Earth/Environment March 31, 2016
About 95 percent of the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing coral bleaching. Coral bleaching may be caused by climate change and effects of El Niño.
Earth/Environment March 29, 2016
Award-winning American photographer Gary Braasch died Monday while snorkeling on Great Barrier Reef. His central project since 2000 was documenting climate change effects through photos.
Earth/Environment March 8, 2016
Scientists have discovered a potential link between the occurrence of widespread coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef and an explosion of viruses in the area. One of the viral cultures the team detected resembled the herpes virus.
Earth/Environment February 13, 2016
Blood samples taken from thousands of turtles in Upstart Bay, Australia reveal possible chemical exposure.
Earth/Environment September 27, 2015
Saving the Great Barrier Reef has entailed numerous experiments to devise an effective rescue plan. From inventing a robot to mechanically pull out destructive species to using vinegar to kill pollutants, scientists have come far and wide.
Earth/Environment September 24, 2015