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Evidence of long term decline in reef health?

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Like most people, I would rather believe that the 'scarmongering' about the decline in the health of the Great Barrier Reefis just politically motivated. But the chorus of concern is growing louder - maybe the time has come when we cannot just dismiss the issue. We don't want to be remembered as the generation who buried our heads in the sand. Not a legacy any of us would want to leave behind.

For most, their memory of the reef only goes back about 30 to 40 years. New research has chemically dated hard corals back about 100 years. What does the scientific evidence reveal? Listen to what the latest research suggests here: