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Submission + - Great Barrier Reef faces rapid coral loss (

quippe writes: "The world's largest coral reef — under threat from Australia's surging coal and gas shipments, climate change and a destructive starfish — is declining faster than ever and coral cover could fall to just 5 percent in the next decade, a study shows.

The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover in the last 27 years. The loss was due to storm damage (48%), crown of thorns starfish (42%), and bleaching (10%) according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today by researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Townsville and the University of Wollongong."

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