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Reef faces unprecedented bleaching depth and damage

Reef faces unprecedented bleaching depth and damage

Marine biologist reports the worst Great Barrier Reef bleaching seen in decades.

Sharlotte Thou and Adam Morton report for The Guardian.

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With record ocean temps, is the Great Barrier Reef facing catastrophe?

Like the catastrophic Great Barrier Reef bleaching event of 2016, if the current conditions line up just right, “we could lose a huge part of the reef by February,” says guest Dean Miller of the Forever Reef Project, which is now racing to add the final coral specimens to its “biobank.”

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Trying to protect or restore an ecosystem has something in common with playing the stock market or the roulette wheel. Unexpected surprises are part of the equation.

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Great Barrier Reef coral 'insurance policy' secures the future of hundreds of species

An insurance policy for the world's coral will protect hundreds of species from extinction in a special laboratory established to back up the crown jewels of the sea. 
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Promoting small actions, such as reducing plastic use, can be a useful entry point for other actions around climate change. It’s an example of ‘positive spillover behaviour’.
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Decline of more than 500 species of marine life in Australian reefs ‘the tip of the iceberg’, study finds

More than 500 common species of fish, seaweed, coral and invertebrates that live on reefs around Australia have declined in the past decade, a study has found, as experts warn “not all is well in the ocean”.