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Great Barrier Reef stands to lose 90% of living coral

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Great barrier reef can decline to less than 10% if ocean warming continues. A new study has revealed that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could lose 90 percent of its living corals if ocean warming continues. A new study that explores the short- and long-term consequences of environmental changes to the reef shows that live coral coverage on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could plummet to less than 10% if ocean warming continues.The study aims to project the composition of the future Great Barrier Reef under current and future environmental scenarios.

Researchers at James Cook University found that in the long-term consequences indicate that a moderate warming of 1-2 degrees Celsius can result in coral cover declining to less than 10%, the tipping point for reef growth...

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‘Lost world’ of coral on the Great Barrier Reef

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Dozens of new types of coral have been identified in a remote section of the Great Barrier Reef and it has been described as a ‘lost world’ by researchers. Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and Torres Strait Regional Authority have been studying the area of Torres Strait for the last three years.

Their findings were presented at National Environmental Research Program conference in Cairns last week, reports the Cairns Post.

The researchers were looking at five different sites from central to eastern Torres Strait and they discovered 91 new species of coral in the region.

Dr Scott Bainbridge, from AIMS, said: ‘These reefs are in extremely good condition.

‘They are managed by the local communities, and potentially these may also be important to southe...

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