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Coral bleached for two consecutive years at Australia's Great Barrier Reef has "zero prospect" of recovery, scientists warned Monday, as they confirmed the site has again been hit by warming sea temperatures.Last year, the northern areas of the World Heritage-listed area were hardest hit, with the middle-third now experiencing the worst effects.The Whitsundays are one of the reef's tourist hotspots, attracting more than 40 percent of total visitors to the iconic marine ecosystem.Hughes warned rising temperatures could see more bleaching events. Canberra in 2015 narrowly avoided UNESCO putting the reef on its endangered list, and has committed more than 2 billion Australian dollars ($1.5 billion) to protect it over the next decade.
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