After decades of damning reports, bleak images, and depressing headlines , one new report claims to have a “positive update” on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The Reef & Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC), a non-profit organization, has published a report for the Queensland State Government that claims parts of the GBR are showing some “signification signs” of recovery from years of bleaching. Don’t crack out the champagne just yet, though – the future of the world’s largest coral reef (or any coral reef , for that matter) is still not looking rosy . At all. While scientists and policymakers have been working hard to support the reefs, this recent development is primarily thanks to of a milder 2017-18 summer. The welcoming weather has allowed parts of the reef to regain some of its health following the catastrophic bleaching events of 2016 and 2017, but all it takes is another bad reason and it’s back to square one. “Saxon Reef, for example, suffered some form of bleaching on 47.1 percent of its live coral cover during the 2016 event. Fortunately, much of the bleached coral recovered thanks to better conditions experienced in 2018,” Sheriden Morris, RRRC Managing Director, said in […]

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