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Australia dedicates $500 million to preserve Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef from an aerial view.
The Great Barrier Reef from an aerial view. Photo: Reinhard Dirscherl\ullstein bild via Getty Images

Australia is pledging $500 million to a restoration program for the Great Barrier Reef, reports CNN, after marine heatwaves killed off corals in 2016, as a result of global warming.

The details: The funds will go toward initiatives improving water quality and protecting species of endangered species, fish and coral native to the reef. This is the largest investment Australia has made to reef conservation.