The Great Barrier Reef is slowly inching toward the south and away from the equator to escape the warmer temperatures of the ocean. The scientists, however, believe it won’t be able to leave Brisbane waters.
Earth/Environment April 29, 2019
The back-to-back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 crashed the Great Barrier Reef's new coral recruitment. According to scientists, it would take 10 years for the world's largest coral reef system to recover.
Earth/Environment April 4, 2019
Researchers found that more individual coral reefs survived last year's mass bleaching event compared to 2016. They found that the 2016 marine heatwave killed more susceptible species, leaving the resilient ones to survive.
Earth/Environment December 11, 2018
The Great Barrier Reef, home to a diverse marine ecosystem, could be destroyed by environmental threats including global warming. While the Australian government has implemented changes to minimize damage, saving the Reef requires global action.
Earth/Environment August 22, 2018
A high-resolution satellite camera partly developed at La Trobe University in Australia was blasted into space to track the Great Barrier Reef, as well as aid in the fight against bushfires and emergency situations.
Earth/Environment July 2, 2018
In-vitro fertilization for coral has shown promise in small scale tests as a way to help save the Great Barrier Reef. Scientists are now looking to implement coral IVF on a larger scale.
Earth/Environment June 9, 2018
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services was forced to close two island groups in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas. It is due to the vast rat population that is threatening the islands' ecosystem.
Earth/Environment May 29, 2018
A study found that the Great Barrier Reef previously died for five times but was resilient enough to resurrect itself. With its current form, however, the reef may be incapable of doing the same if it encounters another death.
Earth/Environment May 29, 2018
The federal government of Australia is allocating half a billion dollars to save the Great Barrier Reef from climate change and other threats. Here's how this funding will be used to save the world's largest coral reef system.
Earth/Environment April 29, 2018
A new study revealed that although the heat wave has killed plenty of the staghorn coral reefs, some managed to live through the warmer temperatures. This is because they can migrate and send out larvae to less warm spots.
Earth/Environment April 20, 2018
A heat wave led to catastrophic bleaching that killed one in three corals in the Great Barrier Reef in 2016. This was followed by another heat wave in 2017.
Earth/Environment April 19, 2018
Marine scientists believed they may have found a way to delay the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef system on the planet. Sun shields will be deployed on the surface of seawater to block harmful UV rays.
Earth/Environment March 28, 2018
Ocean acidification and massive coral bleaching is destroying a part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef and other coral reefs worldwide. Scientists are racing against time to save the dying reefs through the breeding of super corals.
Earth/Environment March 17, 2018
The Australian government has offered money for innovative ideas and concepts that can save the Great Barrier Reef. The largest living structure faced massive coral bleaching for the second time in a row in 2017, which is a cause of worry.
Earth/Environment January 18, 2018
Coral reefs have been found starving to death in various locations around the world. To save the species, an institution in the UK developed two cutting-edge methods to help corals reproduce faster.
Earth/Environment January 11, 2018
Almost all green sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef have been found to be female. Scientists discovered that in a significant population, the sex ratio is at 116 females to one male. What could be causing this feminization?
Animals January 9, 2018
Coral-killing starfish are eating their way through an expansive part of the Great Barrier Reef. Experts are racing against time to prevent these marine predators from destroying the reef's coral cover for good.
Earth/Environment January 8, 2018
Researchers found a new way to stimulate corals into forming and growing in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The new technique is called 'larval reseeding' and researchers said it is less expensive and more effective than other reef restoration techniques.
Earth/Environment November 28, 2017
A marine biologist discovered a blue hole in the Great Barrier Reef while using Google Maps. How do these large underwater sinkholes form and why did it take long for scientists to discover this large marine sinkhole?
Earth/Environment September 30, 2017
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