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There’s been a lot of focus on climate change this week. Part of that story involves coral reefs. And it’s not all bad news. There’s a project underway in Australia that could help restore reefs around the world.

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Sarah_Ackerman / Wikimedia Commons

The government of Australia plans to spend nearly 50 million U.S. dollars over the next year and a half to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef. But most of the spending is going off-shore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Australia’s government has reached a settlement in a case involving the Great Barrier Reef, a Chinese shipping company, and extensive environmental damage. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Nearly five and a half years ago, a Chinese coal ship rammed into a coral shoal off the northeastern coast of Australia.  The ship, the Shen Neng 1, was returning to China…carrying 65,000 tons of coal…along with 975 tons of heavy fuel oil.

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XL Catlin Global Reef Record

A week-long symposium on coral reefs wrapped up with a call to action. A letter sent to the Australian Prime Minister on Saturday urged the government to take steps toward curbing fossil fuel consumption. It was signed by the 2,500 attendees of the International Coral Reef Symposium…held in Honolulu. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Wikipedia Commons

You may have seen a report over the weekend with even more bad news on coral bleaching in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.  According to an underwater survey, more than a third of the coral in the northern and central sections of the reef is dead or dying.  The report comes right after the Australian government ordered all references to the Great Barrier Reef to be cut out of a UN report on the impact of climate change on World Heritage sites...details From Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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Tchami / Flickr

 

Hawai'i's coral reefs are among the most valuable natural resources in the islands. Protecting those reefs is a priority for both the state and non-governmental agencies. Elsewhere in the Pacific, the world’s largest coral reef is getting a close look from preservationists. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / terry.1953

It’s been a week since two U.S. fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. While investigations continue into the incident, it’s still not clear whether the U.S. Navy will try to recover the ordinance. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.