Great Barrier Reef Current Affairs, GK & News

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. It has more than 900 coral islands, 2,900 individual reefs that stretches over 2,300 kilometres. The reef is located in the coral sea along the coast of Queensland in Australia. It was selected as the World Heritage site by the UNESCO in ..

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Study: Fish in Great Barrier Reef Fading

Due to climate change, the oceans are heating up and corals are continuing to bleach which is causing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef’s fish communities to fade and lose their colour, according to a new study. Overview: This study has been published in Global Change Biology. Dr Hemingson at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia led this ..

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Australia’s new Plan to protect Great Barrier Reef

On January 28, 2022, Australia launched a new plan to protect the climate-ravaged Great Barrier Reef. Key Facts Government launched a USD 700 million package for protecting the Great Barrier Reef, in a hope of preventing vast network of corals from being removed from World Heritage list of UNESCOS’. The Plan will help in avoid ..

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Thailand bans Coral-Damaging Sunscreens

Thailand has banned sunscreens comprising of chemicals that damage coral from all of its marine national parks. Key Points Sun protection used by tourists are harming slow-growing corals in the Island nation. According to Thai Department of Conservation, four ingredients found in sun creams were destroying coral larvae, obstruct coral reproduction and cause reef bleaching. ..

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UN: Great Barrier Reef should be listed as ‘in danger’

UN committee recommended to add Great Barrier Reef to the list of “in danger” World Heritage Sites. However, this recommendation is opposed by Australia which is blaming political interference. Key Points Recommendation was made by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) committee. This committee sits under UNESCO. According to the committee, world’s biggest ..

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500 metre tall Coral Reef discovered in Australia Great Barrier Reef

The scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. It is the first to be discovered in 120 years. The reef is taller than the Empire State Building of the United States. Key Highlights The reef was discovered by the Australian Scientists from the Schmidt Ocean Institute. They ..

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Coral Bleaching

Scientists have warned that the corals in the Great Barrier Reef region are at a risk of being bleached due to the upcoming period of heat stress. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is located off the coast of Australia. It is spread over an area of 2,300km and is ..

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