Only two years ago Australia's Great Barrier Reef experienced a mass coral bleaching event that left the largest living structure in the world forever changed. Scientists discovered the events caused the collapse of the ecosystem for 29 percent of the 3,863 reefs in the giant coral reef system.
Thanks to a milder 2017-2018 summer, Tourism and Events Queensland issued a “positive update” on the reef last week, reporting there are “substantial signs of recovery" in areas that were affected the most.
According to the Queensland State Government, The Reef & Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC), a nonprofit organization, reported the milder summer temperatures and other factors including cooperation among science, and government in supporting the reef’s recovery, have contributed to the reef's health. Lead researcher Roger Beedeen said it was an encouraging sign of the ability of corals to repopulate and regrow after damage.