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The Great Barrier Reef's latest unprecedented bleaching event could spell the end

In the face of climate change, experts are giving up hope.
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Bette Willis

2017 bleaching at Mission Beach Reefs.

If you've never seen Australia's Great Barrier Reef, now you never might. At least not alive. Less than a month ago PopSci reported that the Great Barrier Reef had experienced devastating bleaching in 2016 and was in the midst of a second bleaching event. Data from the 2017 survey is in and the results mirror the condition of the reef—they're bleak.

For the second year in a row, two-thirds of the reef

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