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In pictures: a close-up look at the Great Barrier Reef’s bleaching

Justin Marshall writes in The Conversation (13.4.16) about the extent of coral bleaching in parts of the Great Barrier Reef, showing several images of the effects upon coral colonies and the sea life that depend on them.

‘These images are a selection of photos taken recently near Lizard Island off the north Queensland coast. They document the ongoing bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef as ocean temperatures continue to be driven upward by climate change.

‘… The continued loss of the Great Barrier Reef is an environmental tragedy and a huge blow to all Australians who cherish this natural wonder and to the tourists who flock here to see the reef – particularly after seeing David Attenborough’s new documentary on it.

‘Further afield, coral bleaching is a potential humanitarian crisis in countries that rely on reefs for food and basic livelihoods. Let’s not forget that when Australia burns or sells coal it is contributing to this global problem as well.’

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