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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is recovering from bleaching events but still ‘very vulnerable’: Survey

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is recovering from bleaching events but still 'very vulnerable': Survey

According to a survey, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has recovered from storms and bleaching events to record levels. As per officials, though this is great news, the new coral is extremely vulnerable and can quickly tarnish by climate change and other environmental threats. The northern and central parts of the reef have the highest amount of coral cover. This stands true since coral monitoring began, roughly 36 years ago. However, the southern part of the coral cover reef has decreased. The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) scans the reef to check its health, each year. They do so by using divers slowly towed by a boat, as well as aerial surveys. 

The fourth mass bleaching was confirmed in March and since then, AIMS had grave concerns, especially ahead of this year’s study. The chief executive of AIMS, Paul Hardisty said, “In our 36 years of monitoring the condition of the Great Barrier Reef we have not seen bleaching events so close together”.

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 As per the latest results, the reef cover can recover if suitable conditions persist, but acute and severe disturbances are becoming more frequent and longer at the Great Barrier Reef. 

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A major threat to the Great Barrier Reef is posed by the damaging waves of tropical cyclones and coral-eating crown-of-thorns- starfish. In fact, much of this new coral growth that belongs to a species called Acropora is exposed to this threat. 

Due to its enormous scientific and intrinsic importance, the Great Barrier Reef has been listed on the World Heritage list for 40 years, as one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. According to UNESCO, the UN’s scientific and cultural body, “not enough” is being done to protect the reef.

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If the authorities that manage the Great Barrier Reef, i.e. the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority are to be believed, the outlook for the icon is “very poor” due to climate change.

Though this news comes as a ray of hope for conserving biodiversity, the challenges that lie ahead are significant.

(With inputs from agencies)


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Local venue sees increase in events while recovering from pandemic

Local venue sees increase in events while recovering from pandemic

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – COVID-19 postponed and even cancelled weddings, baby showers, and graduation parties.

This kept people from gathering to celebrate, but this year is proving to be different as restrictions ease and case numbers decline here in Lincoln.

Event venues, like Urban Farmhouse Room, shut down in 2020 due to COVID-19. Now, they are hosting hundreds of events while rebounding from the effects of the pandemic.

On Saturday, Caron Stajduhar is celebrating her first grandchild at her daughter’s baby shower.

“We came from Georgia and there are several other people coming from far away,” Stajduhar said.

It is a busy time of the year for Urban Farmhouse Room.

“May is very busy for us, and so is April and June. We are gearing up for a very busy Spring season,” Corinna Moser, owner of Urban Farmhouse Room said.

As COVID-19 cases decline in Lincoln, Moser said people are booking more events, like baby showers.

This was not the case two years ago. The venue opened on March 1, 2020. A couple of weeks later, the pandemic shut them down.

“We were just kind of like in shock almost,” Moser said.

Moser said they had a lot of events booked that spring after they opened, including 25 graduation parties.

“We were finally doing this and then we got three events in two weeks and by about March 13, we had to shut down,” she said.

During 2020, they had almost 100 events despite the pandemic.

In 2021, they passed that number with 243 events.

Saturday’s baby shower is just one of many events lined up for their busy year.

“It’s just going to be great,” Stajduhar said. “It’s so fun to get together with people since we’ve been cooped up not able to do things like that.”

Moser said she was happy to get all the events rescheduled once the venue re-opened in June 2020. She said they are on track to have more events this year than last year.

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Travel Penticton distributes $150K to recovering festivals, events – Penticton News

Travel Penticton, the city’s tourism promotion organization, has allocated $150,000 for 25 local events in 2022.

“Travel Penticton, like so many others in our community, is excited to welcome back all of the amazing events and festivals that have become an iconic part of of our city and a huge economic driver for tourism,” reads a news release.

The funding will be used for marketing purposes, to ensure the returning festivals get back on their feet after two years of pandemic cancellations.

“The past couple of years have been extremely challenging for event organizers and we admire the resilience and effort it has taken to keep operations running in the face of such adversity,” said executive director Thom Tischik.

“Our Board were unanimous in their decision to re-establish our Event Funding Program for 2022 and provide much needed financial support to ensure events can continue to thrive, attract visitors to Penticton and generate overnight stays for our accommodators.”

Money has been distributed between the following events:

97 South Song Sessions

Okanagan Granfondo

Penticton Beer Week

The BC Bike Race & Gravel Explorer

Penticton Bridge Tournament

Okanagan Trestles Tour

Bighorn Bushwack Adventure Races

Expedition Canada

Okanagan Valley Throwdown

Penticton Beer Run

Okanagan Fest of Ale

CSSHL Championships

Meadowlark Nature Festival

Okanagan Fall Wine Festivals & Sensation

Pentastic Jazz & Music Festival

The Penti-Con

Nufloors Penticton Curling Classic

Penticton Dragon Boat Festival

Penticton Elvis Festival

Peach City Beach Cruise

Penticton Peach Festival Society

Penticton Scottish Festival Society

The goal of the Travel Penticton Event Funding Program is to leverage marketing funds collected from the Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) to maximize the potential of festival and event organizers to increase visitation and over-night stays and contribute to the economic growth of the local tourism industry.

“This year we are all looking forward to our parks, hotels, restaurants, wineries, breweries and other attractions, being once again full of revellers, here to enjoy all of the amazing things Penticton has to offer,” said Tischik.