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Great Barrier Reef 'not dying', Australia insists

WorldNews Friday, 2 December 2016
Great Barrier Reef 'not dying', Australia insistsSYDNEY: The Great Barrier Reef is "not dying", Australia insisted Friday as it updated UNESCO on efforts to protect the natural wonder while scientists blasted a lack of urgency in dealing with climate change. Canberra last year narrowly avoided the UN body putting the site on its endangered list and was ordered to report to the World Heritage committee by December 1 on its "Reef 2050" rescue plan. The giant ecosystem -- a major tourist attraction -- is under pressure from farming run-off, development, the crown-of-thorns starfish and climate change, which led to its worst-ever bleaching event this year that devastated swathes of coral. In the...
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The phenomenon of coral bleaching in the ocean is threatening the life of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The effects of global warming cause thousands of species to migrate in search of food for their livelihood, leaving the life cycle of corals and the oceanic eco-system at risk.

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