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Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. (CNN) There is a big difference between dead and dying.Outside Magazine published a somewhat tongue-in-cheek obituary for the Great Barrier Reef earlier this week, citing its lifespan from 25 million BC-2016. The article detailed the life of the reef, its active membership in the ecological community, its worldwide fame and the coral bleaching that has led to its deteriorating health. “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old,” read the article.The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old: https://t.co/TrEXJuTxFJ #RIP pic.twitter.com/7U3wPDPSM2— Outside Magazine (@outsidemagazine) October 12, 2016Immediate response on social mediaThe obituary was met with horror and disbelief, both by scientists and social media users alike. Russell Brainard, chief of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, told HuffPost that he believes the article was highlighting the urgency of the situation, but that those who don’t have any context “are going to take it at face value that the Great Barrier Reef is dead.”Many people on social media are indeed taking it at face value. Twitter users have been grieving the loss of the reef and urging followers to pay serious attention to the consequences. Many are spreading false information entirely. Rowan Jacobsen, the writer of the obituary, is a food and environmental writer, not a scientist. But the article has led some outlets to claim that scientists have declared the reef officially dead, further spreading the exaggeration.People have also taken to Twitter to try to get the truth out. Environmental reporter Tony Davis tweeted, “Reports of the Great Barrier Reef’s death are greatly exaggerated, say scientists, booing Outside Magazine” and the Cornell Cooperative Extension at Rockland County, which cites ecological sustainability as one of its missions, tweeted “Great Barrier Reef is Dying NOT Dead! ‘The message should be that it isn’t too late… not we should all give up.’”The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It covers more than 300,000 square kilometers and consists of more than 3,000 reefs, 600 islands, and 300 coral cays.Recovery effortsThere’s no denying that the Great Barrier Reef is in serious trouble. According to a report by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, 93% of the reef is affected by bleaching, putting the reef in danger of extinction. Bleaching occurs when coral are put under extreme stress by changes in conditions like temperature, light, or nutrients. In these conditions, they expel symbiotic algae from their tissues, causing them to turn white.Scientists are increasingly worried that over-exaggerating the state of the reef will promote the idea that it is past the point of recovery. Professor John Pandolfi from the ARC Centre at the University of Queensland has expressed hope. “It is critically important now to bolster the resilience of the reef, and to maximize its natural capacity to recover.” But the effects are serious and possibly permanent. “The reef is no longer as resilient as it once was, and it’s struggling to cope with three bleaching events in just 18 years,” he said.The obituary lays blame on the Australian government, noting that the government pressured the United Nations to remove the reef from a climate change report because it was concerned about its impact on tourism. But on September 28, the Australian and Queensland governments released the first Reef 2050 Plan annual report, showing the $2 billion investment toward improving the reef’s health for future generations is paying off. The plan has accomplished 29 of its 151 intended actions, though it notes that the recovery process needs to be accelerated if they want to continue to be successful.Coral bleaching, fishing, mining, and burning fossil fuels have all contributed to the destruction of the reef over several decades. More than 2 million people visit it each year, and governments, scientists, and charities are working so future generations can continue to appreciate its beauty.It’s not dead yet, folks. Published: October 14, 2016 3:19 PM EDT No, the Great Barrier Reef is not actually dead SHARE
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “This season was among the most fun of my career,” Fitzgerald wrote on Twitter.“The future is so bright for this team and I relish the opportunity to build with this talented young nucleus. Arizona is where I started and where I will finish. 2020! Let’s get to work!”Fitzgerald is one of the most respected players in the NFL, earning 11 Pro-Bowl selections as well as the league’s prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2016.He has spent the entirety of his career at the Cardinals after being chosen with the third pick of the draft in 2004.He scored two touchdowns in Arizona’s unsuccessful Super Bowl appearance in 2009, where the Cardinals were beaten 27-23 by the Pittsburgh Steelers.Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury had expressed hope that Fitzgerald would continue at the end of a season which saw him finish with 804 receiving yards from 75 catches.“I think he’s playing as good as anybody, honestly,” Kingsbury said. “You watch what he does week in and week out, the little things, the blocking and the toughness that he brings to the offensive side of the football.” KEYWORDS Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, seen speaking at a news conference in October 2019, is returning to the team for a 17th season in 2020. | AP RELATED PHOTOS LOS ANGELES – Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will return for a 17th season in the NFL after agreeing terms on a one-year extension, the franchise confirmed Wednesday.The 36-year-old Fitzgerald, who is second on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards and receptions list behind Jerry Rice, will be paid $11 million for the 2020 campaign. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5