Turnbull Government pledges $500 for Great Barrier Reef restoration

The package will help develop coral that is more resistant to high temperatures and light stress

The federal government has announced a record $500 million investment to save the Great Barrier Reef, but some experts say it's too late for some areas already severely damaged by the impacts of climate change.

In a statement issued in advance of Sunday's announcement, the prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the new funding was an investment in the health of the reef and the tourism jobs dependent on it.

Australia's government has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars toward protecting the Great Barrier Reef, in what's being called the largest single investment in the embattled ecosystem ever.

Climate change is playing havoc with the #Great Barrier Reef which is home to the world's largest collection of #Coral reefs, apart from thousands of species of fish. A study published in the journal Current Biology on January 8 showed that the green turtles in the Great Barrier reef are turning female as a result of the warming water temperatures, threatening the population of the species.

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Marine heat waves caused by global warming killed off and damaged corals in 2016.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt welcomed the funding, saying it was a "game changer" as it significantly ramped up reef programs and protection and provided an ability to seek co-funding from private investors and philanthropists. Corals are also threatened by the much more insidious problem of ocean acidification - dissolved carbon dioxide makes water more acidic, which dissolve coral skeletons and stress corals, causing bleaching.

The funding will be used to improve water quality, control major predators and expand reef restoration, as well as help farmers near the reef modify their practices. The plan is optimistic to improve the health of the corals and also monitor the health of the reef overall in the future.

These have been recorded in 2016, and 2017 and almost 900 miles of the UNESCO World Heritage site has been affected.

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He said there was no doubt climate change had put the Reef under threat, but said there were tangible things Australia could do to build its resilience. "Millions of dollars will go into science and to better data management and to be able to test the impacts on the reef".

Before 2016, there had only been two bleaching events along the Great Barrier Reef in the past two decades, in 1998 and 2002. It's even visible from space.

The funding, which was confirmed in the May budget, came following results of studies that show the consequences of climate change on the world's largest coral reef system.

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