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Climate Change Wreaks Havoc on Coral

and raises more than one stink!

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The Great Barrier Reef is on most American divers' bucket list, so the current coral bleaching, thanks largely to human-induced global warming, with a little push from El Nino, should be of great concern.

Officials have tried to deny it's happening, but in what appears to be a change of heart, some Australian tourism operators have broken their silence about the worst crisis ever facing the Great Barrier Reef. Previously in denial for fear of turning tourists away (GBR tourism contributes more than $5 billion to the economy annually), dive operators in North Queensland apparently had refused to talk about it, not even taking journalists or Green Party senators, or any who might speak about the bleaching, beyond a small radius of Cairns. ...

All mentions of Australia were removed from the final version of a UNESCO report on climate change and the world heritage sites after the Australian government objected on the grounds it could impact tourism.

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