‘Horific’: Two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef damaged in ‘unprecedented’ bleaching

Combating global warming is really the only way to help protect the rest of this coral.

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Over 900 miles of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has experienced severe bleaching, giving it little chance to recover. This is the second year in a row the world’s largest reef has experienced such dramatic destruction. Only the southern region of the reef has been left unscathed.

Bleaching is the loss of algae and happens when coral is exposed to higher than normal temperatures.

“The sooner we take action on global greenhouse gas emissions and transition away from fossil fuels to renewables, the better,” says Prof Terry Hughes, from James Cook University.

Combating global warming is really the only way to help protect the rest of this coral.

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