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The Great Barrier Reef Is Suffering Yet Another Mass Bleaching

The past few months have brought another rough summer for the Great Barrier Reef, which is suffering a major bleaching event for the second year in a row. Read More >>

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Enormous Pleistocene Landslide Discovered Off the Coast of Australia

Around 300,000 years ago, a ridge near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef collapsed, unleashing a massive undersea avalanche. The ensuing landslide scattered debris for miles and triggered a sizeable tsunami, according to new research. Read More >>

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The Great Barrier Reef Just Suffered the Worst Die-Off Ever Seen

Abnormally high water temperatures caused by you-know-what are being blamed for the worst coral die-off ever recorded along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Read More >>

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The Great Barrier Reef is Even Worse Off Than We Thought

We’ve known for a while that the Great Barrier Reef is dying, but new numbers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies drive home exactly how much of it has been affected by mass bleaching. Read More >>

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The Australian Government Censored a Global Climate Report

It’s no secret that the Great Barrier Reef is in the midst of a mass die-off, nor that scientists believe the coral bleaching event is related to climate change. But apparently, Australia couldn’t bear the thought of putting these inconvenient facts together on paper. The country’s Department of Environment censored a major global climate report just before publication this week. Read More >>

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Why the Great Barrier Reef is Dying

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most celebrated ecosystems on Earth — and it’s dying. Months of extreme heat have turned thousands of miles of pristine habitat into an endless watery graveyard. This year’s coral bleaching event comes as a warning. If we don’t bring carbon emissions down fast, the Great Barrier Reef will not survive the century. Read More >>

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The Future of the Great Barrier Reef Just Got Worse

As if the Great Barrier Reef needed more terrible news, the Queensland government issued permits this week for a controversial new coal mine that marine biologists fear could choke out portions of the reef with pollution. Read More >>

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Using Google Street View to Study the Great Barrier Reef

The Catlin Seaview Survey is a Google and University of Queensland project using a nifty underwater camera rig to create a zoomable, 360-degree image of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Destin from SmarterEveryDay got to hitch a ride with the team that records this sea-floor Street View. You don't want to miss this. Read More >>

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The US Navy Accidentally Bombed the Great Barrier Reef… Sort Of

Okay so this whole thing isn't ideal, but it's also not as bad as it sounds. Basically on Tuesday there were two US Navy AV-8B Harrier fighter jets that had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard aircraft carrier and were doing a training exercise. They planned to drop bombs on Townshend Island bombing range in Australia, but were told by controllers that the area wasn't clear. The problem was that they didn't have enough fuel to land with such heavy loads. So they, you know, unloaded. Right onto the Barrier Reef. Read More >>