14% of world’s coral lost in less than a decade, study shows

14% of world’s coral lost in less than a decade, study shows

Largest analysis of reef health reveals equivalent of more than all living coral in Australia was lost in 2009-18

About 14% of the world’s coral has been lost in less than a decade, a study of the health of coral reefs has found.

In the largest analysis of coral reef health ever undertaken, scientists found that between 2009 and 2018 the world lost about 11,700 sq km of coral – the equivalent of more than all the living coral in Australia.

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