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14% of world’s coral lost in less than a decade, study shows

By Miranda Bryant

04 Oct 2021 · 2 min read

About 14% of the world’s coral has been lost in less than a decade, a study of the health of coral reefs has found.

In the largest analysis of coral reef health ever undertaken, scientists found that between 2009 and 2018 the world lost about 11,700 sq km of coral – the equivalent of more than all the living coral in Australia.

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