Scientists say the Great Barrier Reef is dying

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To have even a chance of saving the world's coral reefs from extensive damage caused by global warming, carbon emissions in industrialized countries need to be cut by 25 percent below their year 2000 levels by 2020 - and by 80-90 percent by 2050.

That is the uncompromising warning delivered today by some of Australia's most eminent marine and environmental scientists in a briefing to Australian members of parliament and senators in Parliament House, Canberra.

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