Rescuing the Great Barrier Reef: how much can be saved, and how can we do it?

As global heating makes coral bleaching a regular event, scientists are urgently seeking ways to help the world’s biggest reef survive

When coral scientist Dr Zoe Richards left the Great Barrier Reef’s Lizard Island in late January, she was feeling optimistic.

Richards is a taxonomist. Since 2011 she has recorded and monitored 245 coral species at 14 locations around the island’s research station, about 270km north of Cairns.

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Day 1 of coral biodiversity re-surveys @ Lizard I, GBR. After 2 cyclones & 2 bleaching events in a decade, it’s great to see a range of healthy young Acropora colonies fighting back! #coralnotcoal#recoveryispossible
A. echinata (blue), A. speciosa (pink) & A. spathulata (orange)

I’m fearful that in the next 10 years we will see the loss of coral across the planet at phenomenal rates

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