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While Corals Die Along The Great Barrier Reef, Humans Struggle To Adjust

Businesses help build more resilient communities

TROPICAL Cyclone experiences in Vanuatu have proven the need to have partnerships at all levels in managing the impacts of disasters.

Businesses and partners met recently to launch the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC) that will coordinate government and partners to work with the private sectors in helping communities prepare, respond and recover from disasters.

Acting Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Alice Sanga said, “Our Tropical Cyclone Pam and Donna experiences have highlighted the importance of partnerships at all levels of disaster risk management.”

She added, “The establishment of the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee, I believe will positively contribute to strengthening…


While Corals Die Along The Great Barrier Reef, Humans Struggle To Adjust


In many areas, oceans are warmer than at any time in recorded history. Coral is sensitive to temperature swings. Like a human body, a rise of a few degrees can lead to illness, and eventually, death. Chelsea Malayny/NPR

Thirty miles off the shore of Port Douglas, Australia, tourists jump into the water of the outer reef. On their dive, they see giant clams, sea turtles and a rainbow of tropical fish, all swimming above brightly colored coral.

On a boat, marine biologist Lorna Howlett quizzes the tourists in the sunshine. “How many people out there saw a coral highlighter-yellow?” she asks, eliciting a show of hands. “What about highlighter-blue? Yeah? Anyone see some hot pinks?”


Eager hands shoot up among the few dozen tourists lounging on the deck of the boat in their wetsuits. Everyone’s still smiling from their Technicolor tour of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site that encompasses the world’s biggest coral reef system and is home to some 400 different types of coral.

Then Howlett breaks the news: “Those are not natural coral colors,” she tells them, prompting quizzical looks. “That is actually coral that is stressed, OK. So it’s got a sniffly nose, got a bit of a sore throat.”

It turns out a reef filled with neon coral is not normal. Healthy coral is usually earth-toned. The bright pinks, blues and yellows…


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