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The Australian government will spend $4.7m this year developing technologies that could shade corals and make clouds more reflective. Earlier in 2020 the Great Barrier Reef suffered its third mass coral bleaching event in five years. Photograph: Daniela Dirscherl/Getty Images/WaterFrame RM
July 16, 2020

A government-backed research program to make the Great Barrier Reef more resilient to global heating will spend $4.7m this financial year developing technologies that could shade corals and make clouds more reflective during marine heatwaves. The announcement confirms the development of a technique known as marine cloud brightening, trialled on the reef in March, will be backed as part of the government’s $443m grant being coordinated by the not-for-profit Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

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