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Great Barrier Reef Sees ‘Worst Mass Bleaching Event’

The Great Barrier Reef, which runs along the northeastern coast of Australia and is three quarters the size of California, is facing what is being described as the “worst mass bleaching event in its history.” Using aerial surveys of more than 500 reefs stretching north of Cairns, the researchers said the majority of the reefs ranked in the most severe bleaching category. “This has been the saddest research trip of my life,” said Terry Hughes, convenor of the National Coral Bleaching...

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