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A call for urgent action to save the Great Barrier Reef

A call for urgent action to save the Great Barrier Reef

Updated 2 October 2012, 17:40 AEST

Australian environmentalists are calling for urgent action to save the World Heritage Listed, Great Barrier Reef after a study claimed more than half of its coral has died in the past 27 years.

Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville say they found that cyclones and the Crown-of-Thorns starfish are the biggest threats.

The World Wildlife Fund says the study shows more Government funding is needed to fight the risks.

Stephanie Smail reports.

Presenter: Stephanie Smail

Speaker: Nick Heath, World Woldlife Fund, Russell Reichelt from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

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