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Thursday 28 September 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# great barrier reef

This year
UNESCO welcomes €2.75 billion Australian pledge to protect the Great Barrier Reef
The UN agency has threatened to put the world’s largest coral system on a list of ‘in danger’ global heritage sites.
Last year
Australia to lobby against ‘endangered’ status for Great Barrier Reef
A UN report released yesterday warned that without ‘ambitious, rapid and sustained’ climate action, the world’s largest coral reef is in peril.
Australia to block development of coal mine to protect Great Barrier Reef
The Australian Greens party welcomed the news and urged the environment minister to reject another 26 planned coal mines.
Australia authorities declare 'mass bleaching' at Great Barrier Reef
Aerial surveys showed coral bleaching at multiple reefs across a large area of the system.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffers 'widespread' bleaching event
Bleaching occurs when healthy corals become stressed by spikes in ocean temperatures.
All time
Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
Australia says it will oppose UN plan to list Great Barrier Reef as being 'in danger'
UNESCO released a draft report on Monday recommending the reef’s World Heritage status be downgraded because of its dramatic coral decline.
Australia downgrades long-term outlook for Great Barrier Reef to 'very poor'
“Climate change is escalating and is the most significant threat to the Region’s long-term outlook.”
Australia pledges over €300 million to protect and restore Great Barrier Reef
The World Heritage-listed site is reeling from significant bouts of coral bleaching.
Great Barrier Reef corals experiencing 'catastrophic die-off' as result of global warming
30% of the coral in the area were lost between March and November 2016 as a result of an extended marine heatwave.
The Great Barrier Reef is dying faster than expected - and there's little we can do to save it
Rising sea temperatures are killing off the coral rock.
'Zero prospect' of recovery after Great Barrier Reef decimated by the heat and Cyclone Debbie
The damage caused by Cyclone Debbie could be severe, say scientists.
Fears cyclone will turn parts of Great Barrier Reef into 'underwater wasteland'
Ongoing inclement conditions mean the extent of the damage from Debbie is not yet known.
There's a killer robot patrolling the Great Barrier Reef
And starfish are quaking. The brilliantly-titled Crown of Thorns Starfish robot is systematically killing starfish that are upsetting the eco-system
11-year-old boy wading in knee-deep water mauled by shark
It is the second attack on the Great Barrier Reef in four days.
Sit back and let this sea turtle with a GoPro give you a tour of Australia's Great Barrier Reef
The video campaign aims to raise awareness of the reef.
Australia has been given eight months to fix the Great Barrier Reef
The UN has warned that a “business as usual approach is not an option”.
US jets drop bombs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Officials from both the US and Australia have said there was no harm done to the environment.
The Evening Fix... now with added man getting swallowed by a hippo
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
Great Barrier Reef status as 'natural wonder of the world' under threat
The UN says Australia hasn’t done enough to tackle concerns about rampant coastal development and water quality at the world heritage site.
Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral since 1985 - study
A comprehensive new study shows that an area equating to more than twice the size of Wales has been lost in coral cover over the past 27 years.
Survey to give fascinating glimpse into life on barrier reef
The survey will officially launch in September, using images broadcast on Google Earth and Google Maps taken of the coral reef with a special panoramic camera.