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Putting a Price Tag on the Great Barrier Reef

What's the value of the Great Barrier Reef? Economists were recently tapped to figure that out. While it's huge, some may say the study doesn't take in its most important asset: The health and sustainability of our oceans and our atmosphere.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef Has Been Valued At A Whopping $56 Billion

With the Great Barrier Reef under unprecedented environmental stress, a new report is raising the alarm in terms of its potential economic loss. Valued at $56 billion, the largest living structure on Earth is now deemed "too big to fail". More »      

The REAL Cost Of Losing The Great Barrier Reef

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

A report says the landmark is "priceless," but if the reef were given a value, it'd be worth billions.

The threatened Great Barrier Reef is estimated to be worth $42 billion

Our unsustainable habits are propelling climate change, and as a result, the Great Barrier Reef is under immense environmental stress.  Coral bleaching has reached record levels and no one knows if or when the coral will ever recover. Show More Summary

The cost of climate change? For the Great Barrier Reef, it’s $42B

2 days agoNews : NY Daily News

It’s hard to put a pricetag on climate change — but for Australia’s endangered Great Barrier Reef, the cost would be $42 billion.

Australia Stands to Lose $42B With Great Barrier Reef's Ruin

A new report finds the Great Barrier Reef is too "critical" to fail—which is a problem since it's already failing. The report from Deloitte Access Economics notes the reef—with a "total asset value" of $42 billion, almost half of which comes from tourism—is the biggest contributor to...

Great Barrier Reef a $42 billion asset 'too big to fail': study

Australia's under-pressure Great Barrier Reef is an asset worth Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion) and as an ecosystem and economic driver is "too big to fail", a study said Monday.

Help Us Pick Even Better Names For Qantas' New Planes

Earlier in the year, Qantas asked the public to help them name their new 787-9 Dreamliners. After receiving over 60,000 suggestion they have settled on 8 iconic names -- Waltzing Matilda, Boomerang, Dreamtime, The Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Skippy and Quokka. But are they bloody 'Strayan enough? We have our own ideas. More »      

Land clearing on the rise as legal 'thinning' proves far from clear-cut

Land clearing is accelerating across eastern Australia, despite our new research providing a clear warning of its impacts on the Great Barrier Reef, regional and global climate, and threatened native wildlife.

How does the Great Barrier Reef get its nitrogen fix?

When Captain James Cook and the botanist Sir Joseph Banks navigated Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in the 1770s they described blooms of "sea sawdust" we now know to be the cyanobacterium Trichodesmium. Similarly, in 2014, a UTS...Show More Summary

'Super Corals' on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef May Save it From Climate Change, Scientists Discover

2 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

Researchers found a lagoon system in New Caledonia with corals that can survive in hot, acidic and low-oxygen waters.

India's Adani to start work on mine near Great Barrier Reef

Indian mining giant Adani on Tuesday said it will start work on a huge US$16 billion coal project that environmentalists warn will damage Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Chairman Gautam Adani said in Townsville that the board had made...Show More Summary

UNESCO has 'serious concern' over Great Barrier Reef coral

3 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A United Nations agency said Saturday it had "serious concern" about coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier and urged the government to work faster to improve water quality in the region.

Great Barrier Reef: Sea Turtles In Danger Of Dying From Human Pollutants

The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is teeming with marine life, but new research has found dangerous pollutants are infiltrating the sea creatures, specifically green turtles. While analyzing blood samples taken from turtles...Show More Summary

Australia must do more to protect reef, UNESCO says

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United Nations cultural heritage body UNESCO urged Australia on Saturday to accelerate efforts to save the Great Barrier Reef, saying long term targets to improve its health were unlikely to be met.

UNESCO has 'serious concern' over Great Barrier Reef coral

A United Nations agency said Saturday it had "serious concern" about coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier and urged the government to work faster to improve water quality in the … Click to Continue »

Great Barrier Reef

Earth observation image of the week: part of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s northeast coast is pictured in this Sentinel-2 image

Chemical cocktail found in Barrier Reef turtles

Human medicines and household substances have been discovered in the blood of green turtles in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, researchers said Friday, highlighting the impact of man-made matter on marine life.

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