Great Barrier Reef faces serious coral bleaching risk


The next few weeks are critical for the Great Barrier Reef, along with reefs around the world, as they face what authorities have called the longest-ever global coral bleaching event on record.

On Tuesday, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority announced that low level bleaching had been recorded on the reef, particularly in shallow areas that are more exposed to the sun.

"At this stage, there appears to be low rates of coral mortality restricted to a small number of reefs," GBRMA chairman, Russell Reichelt, said in a statement. "Fortunately, what we're seeing right now on the Great Barrier Reef is much less severe than what’s happened across the Pacific during the current global bleaching event."

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