An undated handout photo taken by Ed Roberts and released ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies on April 10, 2017 shows and aerial view of Cairns Townsville bleaching. / AFP / ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
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Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in peril from climate change and widespread bleaching, but scientists said Tuesday a small portion may be resilient enough to keep much of the rest alive.If properly protected, these cool-water reefs could supply larvae to nearly half (45 percent) of the entire ecosystem in a single year, it said.The Great Barrier Reef has undergone unprecedented bleaching for the past two years, devastating more than two-thirds of the reef, experts say.Many efforts are under way to save the iconic reefs, including one project to transplant larvae into damaged areas of the reef where the natural supply of coral larvae has been reduced or erased.
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