30 May '16, 6am

Mass coral bleaching destroys at least 35 per cent of #GreatBarrierReef

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Mass coral bleaching has destroyed at least 35 per cent of the northern and central Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists said on Monday (May 30), a major blow to the World Heritage Site that attracts about A$5 billion (S$4.95 billion) in tourism each year. Australian scientists said the coral mortality figure will likely rise as some of the remaining 65 per cent of coral in the northern and central reefs fails to recover from bleaching. The report casts a shadow over the long-term prospects of the Great Barrier Reef against a backdrop of climate change and scientists said Unesco may reconsider its decision not to put the World Heritage Site on its endangered list. "Australia argued that the world heritage values were intact because of the northern region and now of course it has taken a huge hit," said Professor Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Cen...

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