The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Environmentalists are warning that it is being destroyed.
The Reef is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq miles). It is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms and was named a World Heritage Site in 1981. It is threatened by pollution fishing and tourism and warming ocean temperatures. Here you can find and automatic compilation of all DW content referring to the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world. Like coral reefs across the world, this UNESCO world heritage site is in critical danger because of climate change. But tour operators there say much of the reef still thrives, and their boats can even help protect it.
Australia's east coast was recently devastated by storms and flooding, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef is under a major threat from coral bleaching. But as the country gears up for a national election on July 2, do these environmental issues feature in Australia's election campaigns? We talk to Sydney-based journalist Esther Blank.