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Rolling news and videos from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in 2022.

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Reef health

Annual Summary Report of Coral Reef Condition 2021/22
Highest coral cover in central, northern Reef in 36 years

Continued coral recovery leads to 36-year highs across two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef

Queensland’s Indigenous women rangers given Earthshot prize for protecting Great Barrier Reef – Guardian
United Nations recommends Great Barrier Reef be added to World Heritage ‘in danger’ list – ABC
The Roundtable: The future of the Great Barrier Reef and the reef communities
Great Barrier Reef sees record coral cover, but it is highly vulnerable – BBC
Great Barrier Reef bleaching occurred on over 90 per cent of reefs this summer
Great Barrier Reef not coping with ‘escalating’ climate change after La Niña bleaching event – SBS
Leading scientist calls for Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching report to be released before election
A new milestone of coral bleaching for the Great Barrier Reef – Guardian
Great Barrier Reef facing another severe bleaching event ahead of UN delegation visit – ABC
Great Barrier Reef hit by sixth mass bleaching event, leading coral scientist says
Great Barrier Reef suffering 6th mass-bleaching
Unesco to visit Great Barrier Reef as coral bleaching risk rises


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Severe Bleaching

Officials from UNESCO have arrived in Australia to assess the Great Barrier Reef – 7NEWS

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Previously … In 2021 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee recommended Australia’s Great Barrier Reef be put on the List of World Heritage in Danger and warned that climate change remains the most serious threat. Debate takes place in July at 44whc.

The Unesco report (WHC/21/44.COM/7B.Add) says a revision of Australia’s key reef policy – the reef 2050 plan – should “fully incorporate” conclusions from a major government review that “accelerated action at all possible levels is required to address the threat from climate change”.

After UNESCO first debated the reef’s “in danger” status in 2017, the federal government in Canberra committed more than A$3 billion (£; $2.2bn) to improving the reef’s health.

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Reef health update for Friday 25 March 2022: The @gbrmarinepark, together with our partners at @aims_gov_au have completed aerial surveys across the #GreatBarrierReef.

Great Barrier Reef authority confirms unprecedented sixth mass coral bleaching event.

Scientists, for the past few decades: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the only way to climate-proof the planet.

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