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Great Barrier Reef Defies Doomsday Predictions

At a glance

  • The headlines were dire: “Half of the Great Barrier Reef’s corals have been killed by climate change,” CBS News reported in October 2020.
  • It became almost common knowledge that the Great Barrier Reef was assuredly doomed, the victim of a warming climate, rising ocean temperatures, and increasingly acidic water.
  • Then, in early August, the authoritative Australian Institute of Marine Science released a new report on the 1,400-mile natural wonder. Two-thirds of the reef — its northern and central regions — are showing record levels of coral cover.
  • The southern region is also showing high levels of coral cover. The AIMS report was hardly a portrait of a dying ecosystem.

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