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Josh Frydenberg
It is critical for reefs worldwide, including the Great Barrier Reef, that international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are effective. Australia is taking strong action to address the global threat of climate change having ratified the Paris Agreement which will see Australia reduce its emissions by 26 to 28 percent on 2005.feedback
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Jun 26 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Great Barrier Reef. You'll find 169 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. The 4 people who have been quoted more about Great Barrier Reef are: Terry Hughes, Ruth Gates, Mark Eakin and Kim Cobb. Terry Hughes specifically said: “The reefs of the future will be radically different from today or 30 years ago. But, if we take the right steps immediately, we can – and must – secure a future for reefs, recognising that the possibility of restoring them to their former condition is no longer possible. We can't save every species or turn back history. The challenge now is to steer reefs into the future, to ensure that they remain fully functional, and to retain their ability to support the livelihoods and wellbeing of the 100s of millions of people who depend on them.”.
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Jessica Meeuwig

It's like having a Ferrari with a lawnmower engine – there's no grunt. That's one of the big things we need to start having a conversation about. When you say marine park, that it's actually a marine park that's protected. The Great Barrier Reef marine park, 67% of it is open to fishing, and Ningaloo has 66% open to fishing.feedback

Trevor Maynard

If you are in a more resilient city, compared to a less resilient one, then those risk levels should be taken into account in pricing.feedback

Richard Di Natale

No, what we're doing is we're saying we've got a climate crisis, we need to deal with dangerous climate change and we need a plan to deal with that. There's no point having certainty if we lose the Great Barrier Reef, if we end up in a warming world where we see more extreme weather, heatwaves, cyclones, bushfires.feedback

Richard Leck - World Wide Fund for Nature

Two years ago UNESCO put Australia on probation until the health of the Reef improves. Clearly that probation is not going well. Since then there has been an unprecedented loss of coral.feedback

Robert Leck

On all three fronts, UNESCO has concerns on progress in tackling these issues.feedback

Jon Brodie

There's things that could be done for the water quality part but it's hard to see this government doing them. The federal government is unfortunately just writing the Great Barrier Reef off. Other things are more important to them, like the support of farmers in Queensland, and the coal industry.feedback

Terry Hughes

The reefs of the future will be radically different from today or 30 years ago. But, if we take the right steps immediately, we can – and must – secure a future for reefs, recognising that the possibility of restoring them to their former condition is no longer possible. We can't save every species or turn back history. The challenge now is to steer reefs into the future, to ensure that they remain fully functional, and to retain their ability to support the livelihoods and wellbeing of the 100s of millions of people who depend on them.feedback

Claudio Descalzi - Eni

As the world transitions to a low-carbon energy mix, Eni believes that the use of gas is critical to achieving a more sustainable future. The Coral South Project will deliver a reliable source of energy while contributing to Mozambique's economic development.feedback

Alex Gagnon

At the end of the day, the fundamental rules of chemistry and physics still apply.feedback

Paul Falkowski

Coral is not just a rock. And because of that, we're pretty confident that they'll be able to continuing making their skeletons even if the ocean becomes slightly more acidic. For all intents and purposes, they're linked.feedback

Alexander Venn

The problem is, we have lots of data that show many coral species are very sensitive to environmental change. While this paper builds a strong model for the biological control of calcification, there are still pieces of the puzzle missing.feedback

Nicola Allison

When we precipitate aragonite in the lab, just in a bucket of seawater, it forms this very characteristic pattern with very long, needle-shaped crystals.feedback

Nicola Allison

This is the first report of amorphous calcium carbonate in coral, and it really does suggest the organism is able to control how solid material is deposited.feedback

Imogen Zethoven - Marine Conservation Society

It's not too late to save our reef but the federal government must stop the Adani coalmine, reject all new coalmines and switch to 100% renewable energy as a matter of urgency.feedback

Richard Leck - World Wide Fund for Nature

There is still resilience in the system. This data shows that if the reefs aren't exposed to underwater heatwaves, if they're not subject to major pollution events, and they're not hit by a cyclone, then they recover really well and that should give us a lot of hope that the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef is still there and, if we reduce those threats, we should see recovery reef-wide.feedback

Mark Eakin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

I'm concerned because we could very well see bleaching return to Florida, parts of the Caribbean and Hawaii. It won't be as severe as 2015, but we've now moved into a general pattern where warmer than normal temperatures are the new normal. US reefs have taken a severe beating. We are looking at the loss or at least severe degradation of most reefs in the the coming decades.feedback

Mark Eakin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

You need six pages of paperwork to go diving off Lisianski Island, there's no-one living there, there are no threats. And yet the coral is overwhelmed by these big heat stress events that are becoming more frequent with climate change.feedback

Kim Cobb

This is another data point on the staggering breadth of damage across the global oceans. You can run but you can't hide from the train wreck that is coming. The recent bleaching has been a brush with death and shows that this fatal stress is upon us.feedback

Terry Hughes

Most of the coral reef literature assumes business-as-usual emissions to the end of the century, which would result in global warming of 4, 5 or 6C. We will never get there – not because people will become more and more concerned about coral reefs – but because Florida will go under water and that will get people's attention.feedback

Terry Hughes

We tend to propose bandaids rather than dealing with the root cause of the issue.feedback

Terry Hughes

They are going to be different systems with a different mix of species but if we throw the kitchen sink at it and especially deal with climate change then we will have functioning reefs that will sustain and repair themselves and be of some use to people.feedback

Angela Richards Dona

In the US our reefs are worth a huge amount but I don't know if people realize that, more attention would not hurt. There are places in the world that have lost a tremendous amount of coral and we have the same prognosis if we continue to burn fossil fuels in the way we are doing. We need to cut our carbon emissions because the corals just can't handle it.feedback

Kim Cobb

The idea we will sustain reefs in the US 100 years from now is pure imagination, at the current rate it will be just 20 or 30 years, it's just a question of time. The overall health of reefs will be severely compromised by the mid point of the century and we are already seeing the first steps in that process. As scientists we are breathlessly trying to catch up. Things started to run away from us around 10 years ago but we were perhaps a little naive in not realizing that.feedback

Russell Reichelt

We're very concerned about what this means for the Great Barrier Reef itself and what it means for the communities and industries that depend on it. The amount of coral that died from bleaching in 2016 is up from our original estimates and, at this stage, although reports are still being finalized, it's expected we'll also see an overall further coral cover decline by the end of 2017. The Great Barrier Reef is a large and resilient system that's previously shown its capacity to bounce back. However, the current changes are undermining the resilience of the reef.feedback

Helen Szoke - Oxfam Intermón

Against the backdrop of an imperilled Great Barrier Reef and extreme weather disasters, Australia's carbon pollution is continuing to climb – the tragic consequence of more than a decade of climate policy paralysis and short-term political opportunism. Renewable energy is set to power the fair economies of the future and Australia can make a choice to be part of that. Through its 2017 review of climate change policies, the Australian government has the opportunity to set a credible long-term goal and plan of action.feedback

Milton Love

They are more productive than coral reefs, more productive than estuaries. It just turns out by chance that platforms have a lot of animals that are growing really quickly. For some of these major economic species like the rockfishes, there's no question that there are more of them out in Southern California waters because the platform is there.feedback

Brittney Johnson

She is kind walking through the mall, because I tell her she is kind everywhere else. She is polite at the order counter because she hears me when I'm polite to strangers everywhere. She gives compliments to people she doesn't know because she loves how it feels when she hears them. And when we are in a dressing room, with swimsuits of all God-forsaken things, there is a split moment when I have the power to say 'Wow I have really gotten fat this year' or 'Wow I love this coral color on me!' And those are the words burned into my daughter's brain.feedback

Ruth Gates

It's telling us that if we do not become very aggressive with mitigation, the chances of allowing coral reefs to continue to exist is… low. We have to do something, or the new reality will be these temperatures.feedback

Andrew King

At two degrees Celsius of warming, last year's event would actually be a bit cooler than average. This poses a major problem for the survival of most of the Great Barrier Reef.feedback

Ruth Gates

By the time we're seeing bleaching temperatures there every year, there probably will not be a reef anymore. There's only five or six times bleaching can happen before a reef is essentially dead. It's troubling and confirmatory–people have been talking about this, but this is solid modeling. These simulations are directed specifically at the Great Barrier Reef, but I'm pretty sure if the exercise were done for a majority of other places, it would be a pretty similar conclusion.feedback

Andrew King

I was surprised by just how much more frequent these extreme heat events that we have … on the Great Barrier Reef will become, even if we manage to meet the Paris targets.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

Churchill called this time the hinge of fate and he was so right. The hinge of fate turned to victory for America, Australia and our allies. Our nations' freedom was secured by the bravery of the men on those ships and the pilots who flew through everything the enemy and the weather could throw in their way. We are confident and we trust each other.feedback

Vanessa Hudgens

When I'm not feeling 100 percent I throw on a bold lip and feel better. I carry a pouch in my purse with probably 20 different lip colors all in the kind of nude to red to coral to rust category. Just anything in there. Whatever I am feeling that day, whatever goes with the outfit that makes me feel a little more confident works.feedback

Craig Downs

It causes weird deformities in soft tissue and also causes the coral larvae to encase itself in its own skeleton, in its own coffin. In one there's just nothing there, it's a desolate wasteland. Two bays over, at a $1,000-a-night resort, where very few people go, there's lots of coral recruitment, lots of spiny sea urchins.feedback

Mike van Keulen

The more insidious aspect of the toxicity is the ever-increasing pollution load in the world's oceans. They're all connected, and background levels of pollutants are becoming a major concern in even very remote locations. This means that reefs are weakened and can't bounce back from the global events, like bleaching, acidification, etc.feedback

Maxx Dilley - World Meteorological Organization

Memories are still fresh of the powerful 2015-2016 El Niño which was associated with droughts, flooding and coral bleaching in different parts of the world and which, combined with long-term climate change, led to the increase of global temperatures to new record highs in both 2015 and 2016.feedback

Lisa Bostrom-Einarsson

We recorded live coral cover, an abundance of coral disease, fish abundance and diversity, fish diseases and the abundance of closely related invertebrates before, during and after the six-week study period and found no detrimental effects. There are millions of starfish on the Great Barrier Reef and each female produces around 65 million eggs in a single breeding season. It would take a massive effort to try and cull them all individually, but we know that sustained efforts can save individual reefs.feedback

Fred Nucifora

Culling crown-of-thorns starfish is a critical management activity to protect coral cover and boost reef resilience, particularly in the wake of coral bleaching.feedback

Michael Beck

This is a critically important study, which shows that we are not only losing living corals but also that reefs are being eroded away around the world. Effectively, seas are not just rising, but reefs are sinking and with them the many benefits they provide including flood protection to communities around the world. Their study points to why it is so urgent to act now to improve reef health through conservation and restoration.feedback

Kimberly Yates - U.S. Geological Survey

We knew that coral reefs were degrading, but we didn't really know how much until we did this study. We didn't really realize until now that they're degrading enough that it's actually affecting the rest of the seafloor as well.feedback

Kimberly Yates - U.S. Geological Survey

When corals stop growing fast enough, and when they stop making those big skeletons, you also lose that supply of sand to the rest of the seafloor, and you lose that supply of sand to the beaches.feedback

Mike Pence

From the Coral Sea to Kandahar our friendship has been forged in the fires of sacrifice.feedback

David Zawada

Think of the reefs as kind of natural speed bumps. Take that away, this wave energy, more of it is going to be able to migrate in closer to shore.feedback

Kimberly Yates - U.S. Geological Survey

Erosion of coral reefs and seafloor is happening much more and much faster than what was previously known or expected, enough so that it's affecting those local sea level rises. Enough so that it increases the risk to the coastlines from coastal hazards, storm waves, every day persistent waves, tsunamis and those kinds of things.feedback

Claire Zwick

That was even after the bleaching event of last year, as far as my eye can see, coral.feedback

Lesley Hughes

The extraordinary devastation being experienced on the Great Barrier Reef is due to the warming of our oceans, driven by the burning of coal, oil and gas. It would have been virtually impossible for this to have occurred without climate change. This isn't just an environmental issue. The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia's greatest economic assets. It's responsible for bringing in more than $7 billion each year to our economy, while also supporting the livelihoods of around 70,000 people. A healthy Great Barrier Reef underpins the tourism industry and the jobs that it supports.feedback

Imogen Zethoven - Marine Conservation Society

In nearly 20 years [the reef] has suffered four severe coral bleaching events, 10 severe cyclones and four massive flood events washing huge volumes of pollution into its waters. It can't take much more.feedback

Geoff Cousins

It looks trashed. It's a tragic and shocking picture of what the future of the [Great Barrier Reef] coast looks like if we don't stop digging up coal.feedback

Will Steffen

The only way to protect coral reefs in Australia and around the world is to stop greenhouse gas emissions. Australia is the caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef and we are lagging well behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to doing our part to effectively combat climate change. Emissions are flatlining in China and declining in the United States and in other OECD countries. In comparison, Australia's emissions continue to grow. We've got to stop and then reverse this trend and we've got to do it now. There is no time to lose.feedback

Josh Frydenberg

These new projects complement existing efforts and demonstrate how we can make private investment work effectively alongside public funding to maximise results for the reef from each dollar invested. Collaborative partnerships like the ones announced today are critical to address the threats and pressures faced by the reef.feedback

Terry Hughes

The combined impact of this back-to-back bleaching stretches for 1,500 km (900 miles), leaving only the southern third unscathed. Without a doubt the most pressing of these is global warming.feedback

Terry Hughes

The combined impact of this back-to-back bleaching stretches for 1,500 kilometres, leaving only the southern third unscathed. The bleaching is caused by record-breaking temperatures driven by global warming. This year, 2017, we are seeing mass bleaching, even without the assistance of El Nino conditions. Clearly the reef is struggling with multiple impacts. Without a doubt the most pressing of these is global warming.feedback

Terry Hughes

The combined impact of this back-to-back bleaching stretches for [900 miles], leaving only the southern third unscathed. As temperatures continue to rise the corals will experience more and more of these events. One degree Celsius of warming so far has already caused four events in the past 19 years. Ultimately, we need to cut carbon emissions, and the window to do so is rapidly closing.feedback

Terry Hughes

The bleaching is caused by record-breaking temperatures driven by global warming. This year, 2017, we are seeing mass bleaching, even without the assistance of El Nino conditions. Clearly the reef is struggling with multiple impacts. Without a doubt the most pressing of these is global warming. As temperatures continue to rise the corals will experience more and more of these events. One degree Celsius of warming so far has already caused four events in the past 19 years. Ultimately, we need to cut carbon emissions, and the window to do so is rapidly closing.feedback

Terry Hughes

The bleaching is caused by record-breaking temperatures driven by global warming. This year, 2017, we are seeing mass bleaching, even without the assistance of El Niño conditions. Clearly the reef is struggling with multiple impacts. Without a doubt the most pressing of these is global warming. As temperatures continue to rise the corals will experience more and more of these events: 1°C of warming so far has already caused four events in the past 19 years. Ultimately, we need to cut carbon emissions, and the window to do so is rapidly closing.feedback

Brendon Robinson

The feedback that's coming back is the more sheltered areas have come out a bit better, but they all seem to have suffered some form of damage.feedback

Terry Hughes

Last year we lost 67 percent on average of the corals in the northern 700 kilometers (430 miles) of the barrier reef, between March and October. We're likely to see something similar happen now in the middle third this year.feedback

Terry Hughes

We've had a back-to-back bleaching for the first time. So we redid our aerial surveys again, which was a bit tough. I was hoping to never have to do it again. I showed the results of aerial surveys of #bleaching on the #GreatBarrierReef to my students, And then we wept. That's obviously an enormous loss over two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef. I wouldn't say the barrier reef is dying. But clearly, we're measuring serious losses here. And the reason it's happening is global warming.feedback

Harvey Spevak

There is nothing I can say to lessen the searing pain we all feel at this terrible moment. Yesterday's tragedy at our Coral Gables location has impacted everyone in the Equinox family. Our team members, Janine Ackerman, Coral Gables General Manager, and Marios Hortis, our Coral Gables Fitness Manager, were beautiful souls lost way too soon. We send our love and condolences to their families and friends. We also wish to thank the entire Equinox community for its outpouring of support and kindness in the wake of this senseless tragedy.feedback

David Suggett

It's that connection ultimately that will drive the rate and extent of recovery. So if bleaching events are moving around the [Great Barrier Reef] system on an annual basis, it does really undermine any potential resilience through connectivity between neighbouring reefs.feedback

Rachel Butler

Percy genuinely could not care less that we were there. At one point I could feel a little tickle at the back of my feet and Percy was throwing bits of coral behind us. We became part of this reef city.feedback

Kelly Denham

This was a dispute involving people that worked at the Equinox gym. This is not an active shooter.feedback

Sheriden Morris

With the amount of bleaching that we currently have, the reef is going to change, that will affect the number of species that actually survive. While this is highly localised, it may have the benefit of maintaining some complex communities in the face of some of the pressures that the reef is facing.feedback

Jon Brodie

It's an absolutely silly idea when you read it, but we're in silly times, so it looks like it could be a goer. We've given up. It's been my life managing water quality, we've failed.feedback

David Suggett

Cold water has lots of evils, as well as benefits. So we might be cooling them, but at the same time we're probably manipulating them in ways that could be as detrimental. We have to remember that climate change is just a lot more than warming waters, we have ocean acidification, we have hypoxia, so a lot of oxygen. All of these factors, mean just cooling the reef itself is not the solution.feedback

Bret Scheffers

I was not surprised. But I was alarmed. The extent of impacts is vast and has impacted every ecosystem on the Earth. Governments and large organisations can invest and commit to reducing carbon emissions and protecting natural ecosystems that increase resilience to climate change not only for nature but for people as well. These include large areas of connected forests which cool local and regional climate, pristine coral and oyster reefs that not only provide food but reduce storm surges, and well managed watersheds that will maintain adequate fresh water.feedback

Eva Amurri Martino

It's amazing to think that the 60+ people who were present today were there because this strong woman started a family. I can only hope to be 94 one day, surrounded by my grandchildren and great grandchildren … rocking a super chic coral manicure.feedback

Mohamed Solih - Holiday Inn

It is very simple. The cow that gives more milk has to be fed more. So islands that pay tourism taxes should be a priority in shore protection initiatives by the government. Erosion on this island is very much connected to the development work done on the resort. Kandooma is a coral rock island, not a sand island like you see now. They dredged sand and pumped sand and reclaimed the beaches. After that, erosion became a big problem here.feedback

Renata Ferrari

The idea behind that was to map, monitor and model the coral reefs and other marine ecosystems in three dimensions. If you can create a 3D map, then you can measure it, because you literally have a map of the corals on your computer. You can get anything you want out of it. Coral reefs have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. Because of the connectivity of the Great Barrier Reef, this type of approach will still work. You put the reefs down and the coral larvae will arrive from other parts of the reef.feedback

Jim Mullen

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Jim Mullen

This is a very successful start for the Ladbrokes Coral Group. Both Ladbrokes and Coral entered the merger in November with good momentum, and together delivered a strong full-year financial performance. Our plan is simple. We are focussed on building on the leading multi-channel experience developed by both brands, utilising a rigorous approach to data-driven marketing and ensuring that our product delivers a leading customer experience.feedback

James Delingpole - Breitbart News Network

Is the Great Barrier Reef dying due to climate change caused by man's selfishness and greed? Have they been out there personally – as I have – to check. No of course not.feedback

Arif Havas Oegroseno

Both parties have concluded that the total coral reef damaged area is 18,882 square meters.feedback

Arif Havas Oegroseno

The people of Indonesia and the people of Papua have yet to hear Captain Keith Michael Taylor state an apology or remorse for the damage done by his act. The guardians of Raja Ampat, the people of Papua, are anxious to hear what British Captain Taylor has to say.feedback

Terry Hughes

It broke my heart to see so many corals dying on northern reefs on the Great Barrier Reef in 2016. With rising temperatures due to global warming, it's only a matter of time before we see more of these events . A fourth event after only one year would be a major blow to the reef. The severity of the 2016 bleaching was off the chart. In its weakened state, the reef cannot afford the Adani mine.feedback

Janice Lough

Given time, coral can recover from bleaching but the problem comes when you get repeated events. With less time between them, capacity for the coral reef community to recover diminishes rapidly.feedback

Terry Hughes

We're hoping that the next 2-3 weeks will cool off quickly, and this year's bleaching won't be anything like last year. The severity of the 2016 bleaching was off the chart. With rising temperatures due to global warming, it's only a matter of time before we see more of these events. A fourth event after only one year is a major blow to the Reef. I think it's a wake-up call. We've been hoping that local interventions with water quality and fishing would improve the resistance of the corals to bleaching. We found no evidence that that's actually true, at least during a very severe event.feedback

Julia Baum

None of us were expecting the water to be heating up again right now. I think it's beyond what any of us could have imagined. It's our worst nightmare.feedback

Terry Hughes

Climate change is not a future threat. On the Great Barrier Reef, it's been happening for 18 years.feedback

Julia Baum

This isn't something that's going to happen 100 years from now. We're losing them right now. We're losing them really quickly, much more quickly than I think any of us ever could have imagined.feedback

Ian Chappell

I mean, you don't need to be Einstein when you see the frequency and the ferocity of some of the weather events that we've been having, what's what's happened to the Great Barrier Reef, and when I'm hearing what I'm hearing from Barbara-Ann and then you put that together, you've got to come to the conclusion that things have to change. They could well have spent millions of dollars in investigating the project, so it's very hard to turn around and say just pour that down the drain.feedback

Terry Hughes

This one won't be as bad as 2016, but it could be more comparable to 1998 or 2002. I'm confident that we'll still have coral reefs if we can keep below 2. I don't think we'll keep below 1 degree Celcius. I think we've got a narrowing window of opportunity, to put it optimistically – or to put it pessimistically, we're running out of time.feedback

Kim Cobb

Almost none of this reef has made it through 2015 and 2016.feedback

Kim Cobb

There will now be years where it doesn't take an El Niño event to reach the bleaching threshold. This is going to be statistically more likely in a warming world.feedback

Kim Cobb

We'll see in out years as a team of climate scientists, ecologists, and oceanographers focus on this island. We plan on witnessing its recovery in its various stages and trying to see how it differs from the reef that was there before this event.feedback

Kim Cobb

We had been waiting for the big one. And boy… did it happen. It really rolled out at an unprecedented magnitude. This particular El Niño event had its maximum temperature loading almost in a bulls-eye almost around Kirimati Island.feedback

Ruth Gates

It's new. It is so new. It's a complete change in the phenomenon that all of us study. We knew that this day would come–we've been seeing the thermal-tolerance threshold for corals get closer and closer, and we knew it was pushing over the limit for coral survival.feedback

Ruth Gates

We are in a different moment with coral reefs right now. We've had this global insult on reefs. The choice now is to study recovery because that's what we are doing, because that's what we have to do.feedback

Ruth Gates

We are just one species that are in line to be hit very heavily by climate change. Coral reefs are in the front line but they're telling us something very important.feedback

Ruth Gates

We were not really expecting it to be a bleaching year then and we didn't expect it to be a bleaching year the following year.feedback

Kim Cobb

''It all seems so quaint now, really,''. ''A future that we thought was decades coming is basically here.''.feedback

Terry Hughes

''We don't have any tools to climate-proof corals,''. ''That's a bit sobering. We can't stop bleaching locally. We actually have to do something about climate change.''.feedback

Terry Hughes

We didn't expect to see this level of destruction to the Great Barrier Reef for another 30 years. In the north, I saw hundreds of reefs – literally two-thirds of the reefs were dying and are now dead.feedback

Ruth Gates

To lose coral reefs is to fundamentally undermine the health of a very large proportion of the human race. It's probably time that we start thinking outside the box. It's sort of a no-win game if we do nothing.feedback

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

"You couldn't be more dumb ... to erode the very thing that life depends on – the ecosystem – and hope that you'll get away with it,"feedback

Richard Vevers

"For the reefs that are least vulnerable to climate change, the key will be to protect them from all the other issues they are facing – pollution, overfishing, coastal development,"feedback

Mark Eakin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

"The models indicate that we will see the return of bleaching in the South Pacific soon, along with a possibility of bleaching in both the eastern and western parts of the Indian Ocean,"feedback

Ruth Gates

We've lost 50 percent of the reefs , but that means we still have 50 percent left. We definitely don't want to get to the point where we don't intervene until we have 2 percent left.feedback

Julia Baum

"As scientists, we were all on brand new territory," "as were the corals in terms of the thermal stress they were subjected to."feedback

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Whether you're living in North America or Europe or Australia, you should be concerned. This is not just some distant dive destination, a holiday destination. This is the fabric of the ecosystem that supports us.feedback

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

You couldn't be more dumb ... to erode the very thing that life depends on – the ecosystem – and hope that you'll get away with it.feedback

Richard Vevers

For the reefs that are least vulnerable to climate change, the key will be to protect them from all the other issues they are facing – pollution, overfishing, coastal development.feedback

Ruth Gates

To lose coral reefs is to fundamentally undermine the health of a very large proportion of the human race.feedback

Mark Eakin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The models indicate that we will see the return of bleaching in the South Pacific soon, along with a possibility of bleaching in both the eastern and western parts of the Indian Ocean.feedback

Ruth Gates

It's probably time that we start thinking outside the box. It's sort of a no-win game if we do nothing.feedback

Ruth Gates

We've lost 50 percent of the reefs, but that means we still have 50 percent left. We definitely don't want to get to the point where we don't intervene until we have 2 percent left.feedback

Julia Baum

As scientists, we were all on brand new territory, as were the corals in terms of the thermal stress they were subjected to.feedback

Neal Cantin

This is the first time we have ever seen bleaching in back-to-back summers. Many coral species appear to be more susceptible to bleaching after more than 12 months of sustained above-average ocean temperatures. We are now entering uncharted territory.feedback

David Wachenfeld

Regrettably, the temperatures have been high on the Great Barrier Reef this summer as well and unfortunately (we) are here to confirm... a mass coral bleaching event for the second consecutive year.feedback

Dan Levinson

Dan Levinson, of Coral Springs, Fla., is the eldest son of Robert Levinson. His family runs the website helpboblevinson.com.feedback

Richard Leck - World Wide Fund for Nature

Scientists warned that without sufficient emissions reductions we could expect annual mass bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef by 2050. Consecutive bleaching events have arrived 30 years early.feedback

Richard Fitzpatrick

Vlasoff Cay used to have the best coral diversity in the area. Now with the water sitting at 32 degrees all the way to the bottom, the corals are dying. Many are already dead and covered in algae.feedback

Michael R. Bloomberg

Some of the most disastrous effects of climate change are out of sight – on the ocean floor. In fact, unless we take urgent action, 90 percent of coral reefs are expected to disappear by 2050.feedback

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

There's been a lot of work on identifying the train crash (for corals) but very little about 'let's not let this happen.feedback

Sam Regester

This is another example of why coal and the Great Barrier Reef don't mix.feedback

Terry Hughes

Most of the losses in 2016 have occurred in the northern, most-pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef. This region escaped with minor damage in two earlier bleaching events in 1998 and 2002, but this time around it has been badly affected.feedback

Andrew Baird

The good news is the southern two-thirds of the Reef has escaped with minor damage. On average, 6 percent of bleached corals died in the central region in 2016, and only 1 percent in the south. The corals have now regained their vibrant color, and these reefs are in good condition.feedback

Charlie Wood

Climate change is killing the Great Barrier Reef. The continued mining and burning of coal, oil and gas is irreparably damaging the climate. If we want our kids to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef for generations to come, we must act now to keep fossil fuels in the ground.feedback

Suchana Chavanich

Warmer oceans mean that fish don't grow to their full length. Coral bleaching caused by climate change means fish nurseries and their food sources are also under threat.feedback

Hans Pörtner

It's happening too fast for organisms and ecosystems to develop strategies to cope. There's a high risk of losing up to 90 percent of coral reefs in a 1.5-degree Celsius warmer world by the end of the century. This is a system that has already gone beyond its tolerance limits.feedback

Kim Cobb

We left with a sense of dread and came back with a renewed purpose because there are some corals that literally came back from the brink. It's the best we could have hoped for.feedback

Julia Baum

It's like having a patient who is very sick and instead of letting them recover, we keep infecting them with more and more illnesses. There's only so much that any person – or any natural system – can take.feedback

Julia Baum

But despite this mass mortality, there are a few small signs of hope. It's clear that coral reefs have great resilience and the coral here is trying to recover.feedback

Richard Pyle

What is unique about this study is how vast and dense the coral cover is. Although there was a bit of a hint that corals could survive ... down at those depths, these reefs off Maui were far and away much more dramatic both because they were deeper and they had higher coral cover percentage.feedback

Richard Pyle

If shallow coral reefs are more vulnerable to threats from say runoff or overfishing or whatever, then down deep these reefs could potentially serve as refuges for those species.feedback

Leonardo DiCaprio

Today our seas are warmer and far more acidic, weakening the shells of marine creatures and destroying coral reefs that we all depend on for life. The only way we can avert this disaster is by scaling up innovative actions and solutions to these problems as quickly as possible.feedback

Phil Fernandez

We want the reef to come back. We fish, and the health of fish is completely dependent on habitat. When the habitat is decimated, the fish goes away.feedback

Jack Kittinger

As an island state, Hawaii is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including increased storms, coral bleaching as well as local impacts that place our reefs at risk. CI is grateful to the Governor for committing to protect our natural environment so that it can continue to benefit our communities now and into the future.feedback

Brett Lewis

If the Symbiodinium is removed from the host and does not recolonise quickly, the corals can die.feedback

Alex Rogers

When you seriously over-exploit marine eco-systems, it can take them decades to recover. And that's in shallow water, you can imagine what happens if you drag a trawl through a deep sea coral bed. That is going to take hundreds of years to recover if it recovers at all.feedback

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Less than one percent of humanity has been diving on a coral reef. So most of us on the planet don't know what a coral reef really is, and thereby, if you don't know about something, how are you going to feel compelled to protect it?feedback

Eric J. Hochberg

CORAL [Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory] is an airborne mission to survey reefs at select locations across the Pacific. The idea is to get a new perspective on coral reefs from above, to study them at a larger scale than we have been able to before, and then relate reef condition to the environment.feedback

Ruth Gates

What happens if we don't take care of our reefs? It's dire.feedback

Joshua Cinner

People invest in creative solutions when their livelihoods depend on it.feedback

Julia Baum

As scientific divers, we're limited by the depth we can work at and the amount of bottom time that we have while we're diving, so much of underwater marine science, especially on coral reefs, is a painstakingly slow process. This Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory can't replace scientists in the water, but it can provide a very high-level, complementary type of data.feedback

Mark Eakin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

This El Nino has caused some of the worst coral bleaching and death of any event we've ever seen. We've had enough of this.feedback

Julia Baum

I'm a huge proponent of open source data. To me, the application of this technology to coral reefs holds great promise, but to fulfill that promise the data has to be made openly available to the scientific community.feedback

Mark Eakin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Is it surprising? Not anymore. Is it significant? Absolutely. We're talking about losing 35 per cent of the population of coral in some of these reefs – that's huge.feedback

John Pandolfi

It's about the worst we've ever seen on the Great Barrier Reef. That is a very dramatic loss.feedback

Terry Hughes

Australia argued that the world heritage values were in tact because of the northern region and now of course it has taken a huge hit.feedback

Terry Hughes

It takes at least a decade for a full recovery of even the fastest growing corals, so mass bleaching events 12 months apart offers zero prospect of recovery for reefs that were damaged in 2016.feedback

Jon Brodie

We've given up. It's been my life managing water quality, we've failed. Even though we've spent a lot of money, we've had no success.feedback

Richard Leck - World Wide Fund for Nature

The new video and stills are very concerning and show large sections of coral drained of all colour and fighting for survival.feedback

Seamus Kearney - Euronews

As well as relaxing on the beach, there are many activities for visitors including kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling, to really get up close to the sea life and the amazing coral reefs.feedback

Denis Allemand

We are still the only lab in the world able to cultivate so many species of coral in controlled conditions and to be able to study them and experiment with them here in the lab.feedback

Gene R. Gonzalez

This is a coral snapper, what we call Lapu Lapu. What you want to do is fill the cavity with some aromatics. Ginger, lemongrass, we put some tomatoes, some onions, we mix that all together and what we want to do is to stuff this fish with the aromatics that we have. We can wrap it now in a banana leaf which will give it a very herbal aroma. So this fish is ready for grilling.feedback

Steve W Ross

The crabs are quite interesting, they're some of the more voracious critters on the reef, they roam around eating anything they can find. There's one species of crab-like critter called a squat lobster. They sit up in the top of the coral with their arms outraised and they grab things as they swim by, we've seen them grab midwater fish like hatchet fish, they grab squid, they eat tunicates out of the water column.feedback

Steve W Ross

We've just come in from a 12 day cruise, we've covered something like two or three thousand miles of ocean, and sampled coral reefs all the way from the southern Gulf of Mexico into the central Gulf using a submersible and all kinds of other gear.feedback

Mike Hirshfield

Within 50 years and certainly within a hundred years if we don't change what we're doing. With climate change and acidification we'll have no coral reefs left at all.feedback

Laura Robinson

On the very first dive that we did we landed on absolutely spectacular coral gardens. I've seen them before but you can't help but be blown away when you're down over a kilometre and you see these metre scale corals and this massive diversity of life.feedback

Elie Saab

The colours are inspired by the depths of the sea. That's why there is this blue, this green, this coral in the collection. I worked with the idea of a young girl in the 1970s. I combined long dresses with flat shoes.feedback

Larissa Waters

This sort of lack of monitoring is outrageous in the Great Barrier Reef. This is why we need marine pilots there shepherding these ships through the appropriate course on these reefs.feedback

Philippe Godoc

The coral reefs play a very important role, because the sea-swell breaks on the barrier instead of the shore, so if the coral reef were to disappear it's the island coastline that would be affected.feedback

Franck Mazeas

To give you an idea, after doing these procedures there are roughly 500,000 or 600,000 larvae, so that's already huge, and the goal is to end up with at least 20 or 25 per cent of those that develop.feedback

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