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Experts: The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved

Experts: The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved
It’s official. The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved. The prognosis comes from the Australian government’s Reef 2050 advisory committee, made up of experts and scientists responsible for managing the reef’s future. In the more optimistic times of 2015, the committee put out a report on how to best preserve the reef. But now two of the committee’s experts have told the Guardian that the plan is no longer feasible “due to the dramatic impacts of climate change.” Instead, they recommend that the goal be revised to “maintain the ecological function” of the Great Barrier Reef. And the reef may now have a better shot of being listed as a “ World Heritage site in danger ,” a designation the Australian government has fought for for years. Record temperatures have killed almost half of the coral in the Great Barrier Reef One reason for the bleaker forecast for the reef...
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Can tourism protect the Great Barrier Reef?

Can tourism protect the Great Barrier Reef?
It's a tranquil afternoon on the Whitsunday Islands at the southern end of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. A tour boat sits moored on a thin slice of white sand as snorkelers marvel at coral beneath crystal clear waters. But the boat's captain, Mike Evans, says these days some visitors have worries on their minds. "I've actually had a few people tell me that they've come to see the reef before it's too late," he told DW. "I tell them that our area's fine but they are having bleaching problems up north." Lost treasure? Last year, there were reports of the largest coral die-off ever recorded at the Great Barrier Reef. The reef's northern region lost 67 percent of its shallow-water corals in 2016, prompting some media to claim the reef was " already dead ." The damage didn't extend as far south as the Whitsunday Islands. But tour operators in...
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