Today’s “Planet Earth Report” –Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has had Five Near-Deaths in the Past 30,000 Years


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The historical die-offs are similar to “what we’re seeing right now on the Great Barrier Reef,” says Mark Eakin, a coral reef ecologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in College Park, Maryland.


Today’s “Planet Earth Report” –“A Highly Altered, Degraded System” -Since 2016, Half of All Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died

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“Once upon a time, there was a city so dazzling and kaleidoscopic, so braided and water-rimmed, that it was often compared to a single living body. It clustered around a glimmering emerald spine, which astronauts could glimpse from orbit. It hid warm nooks and crannies, each a nursery for new life. It opened into radiant, iris-colored avenues, which tourists crossed oceans to see. The city was, the experts declared, the planet’s largest living structure.”