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91% of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef bleached by heatwave

Australia’s ongoing heat wave has caused 91% of coral bleaching damage on the Great Barrier Reef, according to the latest Australian government monitoring report. (The Associated Press)

according to thisAustraliaAustralia’s ongoing heat wave has bleached 91 percent of the coral on the Great Barrier Reef, the latest government monitoring report says. This is the first time that coral on the Great Barrier Reef has bleached during an El Nio climate cycle, when ocean temperatures are generally cooler.

The Reef Snapshot Report provides details about damage from the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, which has experienced its fourth “massive bleaching” since 2016. Disclosure.

The report warned: “Climate changeis deteriorating, and the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its effects. ,

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which released the report on the evening of the 10th, will be listed asworld HeritageLarge-scale survey of the Great Barrier Reef.

They found that three major areas of the Great Barrier Reef experienced bleaching since the waters warmed in December. While bleached corals are still alive and less severely affected reefs can recover, the report says “severely bleached corals have a higher mortality rate.”

The report said that 654 of the 719 reefs surveyed, which is equivalent to 91 percent, showed some degree of coral bleaching.

The report was released 10 days before Australia’s federal election on the 21st, with climate change policy becoming a major issue for voters. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee will decide next month whether to list the Great Barrier Reef as “endangered”.

The United Nations previously threatened to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef to an “endangered” World Heritage Site in 2015, when Australia established the “Coral Reef 2050 Plan” and invested billions of dollars to protect the reef.

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