#GreatBarrierReef off coast of #Australia hit by mass bleaching – an annotated infographic

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering from another massive bleaching event, the first time in memory such episodes have hit in back-to-back calendar years. Experts fear the proximity of the two events gives the coral little chance to recover. Key areas of the Reef suffered severe coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #GreatBarrierReef off coast of #Australia hit by mass bleaching Рan annotated infographic

Starfish-killing robot to save the Great Barrier Reef – yes, you read that correctly – an annotated infographic

An autonomous robot designed to search for the invasive crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) and give them a lethal injection of salt, is to be deployed on the Great Barrier Reef. COTS, which prey on coral, have destroyed up to 40 per cent of the reef over the last 30 years. Robots, salt, BAM! Take that, COTS! E&T news covered this starfish-killing robot story in more detail. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Starfish-killing robot to save the Great Barrier Reef – yes, you read that correctly – an annotated infographic