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'Mass bleaching' destroying much of Great Barrier Reef

'Mass bleaching' destroying much of Great Barrier Reef

Australian scientists say mass bleaching has destroyed as much as 35 percent of the coral on the northern and central Great Barrier Reef.

A major blow to the world heritage site that attracts more than three billion dollars in tourism each year.

Back in March just seven percent of the entire Great Barrier Reef had avoided any damage as a result of bleaching, and they held grave fears particularly for coral on the northern reef.

After further aerial surveys and dives to access the damage across 84 reefs in the region, Australian scientists said the impact of the bleaching is more severe than they had expected.

This year is the third time in 18 years that the Great Barrier Reef has experienced mass bleaching due to global warming.

But Australia’s prime minister defended the country's management of the reef.

Bleaching occurs when the water is too warm, forcing coral to expel living algae and causing it to calcify and turn white.

Mildly bleached coral can recover if the temperature drops, otherwise it may die.

Although the impact has been worsened by one of the strongest El Nino weather systems in nearly 20 years, which recently subsided, scientists believe climate change is the underlying cause.

Australia's opposition leader pledged 358 million dollars to further protect the reef.

“This will be the single largest and indeed most overdue injection of funds to save the Great Barrier Reef,” said Austrialian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. “It is, the barrier reef is at great peril, we see the effects of climate change and we have a government currently in Canberra, who despite Mr. Turnbull's protestations is not acting on climate change. We see a government who managed to censor the UNESCO report on the Great Barrier Reef, this is a government who doesn't want to hear the problem, they just want to stop anyone else talking about the issue."

Australia is one of the largest carbon emitters per capita because of its reliance on coal-fired power plants for electricity.

Despite pledging to cut carbon emissions, Australia has continued to support fossil fuel projects.

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