Australia 4 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-47809500 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The number of new corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef has plunged by 89% since unprecedented bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, … [Read more...] about Barrier Reef ‘coral babies’ in mass decline
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Devastating heatwaves have caused the number of coral “babies” emerging from the Great Barrier Reef to drop by nearly 90 per cent, according to a new study. Rising ocean temperatures resulting from climate change in the region have been linked with bleaching events and “the largest die-off of corals ever recorded”. Scientists are concerned that with both adult coral and their larvae taking a massive hit, the reef is unlikely to survive a future of warming and extreme weather. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now Following two devastating heatwaves that struck the reef over consecutive years, the scientists said the decline of larval coral was unsurprising. “Dead corals don’t make babies,” said Professor Terry Hughes of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at Australia's James Cook … [Read more...] about Number of ‘coral babies’ emerging from Great Barrier Reef drops by 90% due to global warming
Great Barrier Reef — There's a good reason marine scientist Chris Roelfsema studies coral reefs. "Twenty five percent of all marine species depends on coral reef," he said. The reefs may be near the bottom of the ocean food chain. But now, to study what's happening down there, scientists are going up. They're using the hundreds of shoe-box sized, mini-satellites already in orbit to try to save the world's coral reefs. The satellites circle over the North and South Poles as the Earth spins underneath, and send back pictures of every square inch of the planet, every day. That includes pictures of the 150,000 or so coral reefs. It's a game-changer. Until now, scientists have had to visit individual reefs to monitor their health -- or lack of it. CBS News was there as a group headed to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. As research, it's expensive, time-consuming and incomplete. Veterans on a new mission to save the coral reef damaged by hurricanes "Just the fact that there's … [Read more...] about Scientists use mini-satellites in effort to save the world’s coral reefs
Solomon Islands authorities are scrambling to clean up an oil spill caused after a bulk carrier came aground about a fortnight ago on a coral reef on the southern coast. Category 2 cyclone Oma and rough weather had delayed efforts to salvage the ship, MV Solomon Trader. Salvage crews and oil spill response teams are bringing in their equipment and are heading to Rennell Island from the capital Honiara on Tuesday, a government source told the Guardian. “The weather has moderated,” he said. “The sea is still running very heavily and it’s diffusing the oil, it’s leaking at a low rate. It’s starting to spread as slick.” He said there was gas oil on the ship and heavy fuel oil. The ship had been loading bauxite when rough seas pushed it aground at Kangava Bay, Rennel Island the night of 4 February. The spill location is near the East Rennell world heritage site – the island is the largest raised coral atoll in the world. Since 2013 the site … [Read more...] about Bulk carrier runs aground on Solomon Islands reef spilling oil
MASS coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef is so severe that there could be little chance of recovery. Tragically the natural wonder is close to being destroyed forever, scientists have warned. Here's the latest news... Where is the Great Barrier Reef and how big is it? It is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia and is made up of around 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. It's the largest coral reef system in the world and is around 1,616 miles in length and is the size of 70 million football fields - it can even be seen from space. The reef is home to six species of turtles, 215 different birds, 17 species of sea snakes and more than 1,500 types of fish. Whales, dolphins and dugong can also be seen in the Great Barrier Reef. The stunning natural area is featured on nature documentary Blue Planet II, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. In October, scientists discovered a massive ancient hole inside one of the reef's most remote … [Read more...] about Where’s the Great Barrier Reef, how big is it and how much damage has the mass bleaching caused?