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Great Barrier Reef coral cover cut by half

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Great Barrier Reef coral cover cut by half


Coral in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is disappearing at a faster rate than expected, according to a new study.

Over the last thirty years climate change along with normal weather patterns such as cyclones have destroyed more than half the coastal protection, posing a major threat to the coral ecosystem.

John Gunn is CEO of Australian Institute of Marine Science:“With the same conditions over the next ten years, we’d see a further reduction by half of the coral cover in the reef.”

An explosion of coral-eating starfish and acidification of the ocean is also being blamed for the rapid decline.

The findings echo the conclusion of an international study last month which called for tougher action to combat global greenhouse-gas emissions.

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