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“Every summer the Reef is at risk of temperature stress, bleaching and potentially mortality and our understanding of how the ecosystem responds to that is still developing," Hardisty said.

"What we're seeing is that the Great Barrier Reef is still a resilient system. It still maintains that ability to recover from disturbances," AIMS Long-Term Monitoring Program leader Mike Emslie told Reuters, but he cautioned, "But the worrying thing is that the frequency of these disturbance events are increasing, particularly the mass coral bleaching events.

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For nearly 40 years, AIMS has examined the status of the Great Barrier Reef through its Long-Term Monitoring Program – which claims to have conducted the "most comprehensive and extensive record of coral status on any reef ecosystem in the world." Each year, marine scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences survey between 80 and 130 reefs on the GBR.

Despite the promising report from the respected environmental organization, it wasn't long ago that there were experts claiming that the Great Barrier Reef could soon die off completely.

The New York Times has published several articles foretelling doomsday scenarios for the Great Barrier Reef.

In December 2016, the Times ran an article titled: "The Great and Dying Barrier Reef."

In March 2017, the outlet said, "Large Sections of Australia's Great Reef Are Now Dead."

In April 2018, the New York Times published an article titled: "Damage to Great Barrier Reef From Global Warming Is Irreversible, Scientists Say."

The Washington Post also claimed that climate change was killing the Great Barrier Reef, and it "might never recover."

In April 2019, the paper declared, "The Great Barrier Reef is being battered by climate change, it might only get worse."

In October 2020, the Washington Post published an article titled: "Half of the Great Barrier Reef's coral is gone. It might never recover."

Just in March, the Washington Post reported, "Climate warming deals yet another blow to the Great Barrier."

PBS News Hour featured a segment in March 2017 titled: "Climate change is killing the Great Barrier Reef."

In November 2020, Business Insider asserted, "Experts say the time to take action is now, and if nothing is done, this world wonder as we know it today could be gone by 2050."

The website Outside wrote an obituary for the Great Barrier Reef in October 2016.

In March, UNESCO considered labeling the Reef as "in danger" after the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority reported "low to moderate bleaching" of the natural wonder. UNESCO confirmed that two scientists would examine the Reef for 10 days, according to The Guardian.

A World Heritage Committee meeting on determining the status of the Great Barrier Reef was scheduled to happen in June in Russia, but it was postponed after the invasion of Ukraine.

The Great Barrier Reef was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981.

Continued coral recovery leads to 36-year highs across two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef www.youtube.com

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Ravens, Giants Potential Trade Partners: WR ‘Could Be Moved’ Soon, Says Analyst

Dustin Satloff/Getty Images Darius Slayton of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Washington on January 9, 2022.

“It’s no secret that the Ravens are hurting for receiving talent,” writes Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus (PFF) in his August 17 column. That said, it’s no surprise that Baltimore is being linked to a handful of wide receivers that could be on the trading block. That includes fourth-year wideout Darius Slayton, a former fifth-round pick of the New York Giants who had an electric start to his career but has since “moved in the wrong direction on the depth chart,” notes Brad Spielberger of PFF.

Darius Slayton in Exchange For a 6th-Round Pick?

“Slayton burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2019 with eight touchdown receptions and a 15.4 yards per reception average, a top-25 mark at wide receiver,” relates Spielberger, who regards the Ravens as one of the best “team fits” for Slayton. The Auburn product certainly seems in need of a fresh start elsewhere in the NFL, now that he finds himself behind the likes of Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and rookie Wan’Dale Robinson on New York’s depth chart.

Spielberger projects that Slayton, 25, could be acquired at the cost of a 2023 sixth-round pick. In return the Ravens would be getting a 6-foot-1 wide receiver who had 26 catches for 339 yards and two receiving touchdowns in 13 games (five starts) in 2021.

The hope would be for Slayton to provide production more akin to his first two seasons in the league, when he caught a total of 98 passes for 1,491 yards and 11 touchdowns.

That’s pretty good value for a player selected No. 171 overall in 2019, though his salary is set to rise considerably — to $2.54 million — in the final year of his rookie deal, as per overthecap.com. If he is cut or traded, New York will be charged a dead money cap hit of just $58,721, the prorated portion of the signing bonus on his first NFL contract.

Notably, the Giants made an attempt to showcase Slayton during the team’s first preseason game.

“Slayton was targeted with two passes and took an end-around handoff on his five snaps with the starters in the preseason opener against the Patriots, said Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post. “He gained 19 yards from scrimmage.”

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WR Shemar Bridges Among PFF’s Top Graded UDFAs

Meanwhile, rookie undrafted free agent wide receiver Shemar Bridges (Fort Valley State) continues to make his case for a spot on Baltimore’s 53-man roster. Bridges was Pro Football Focus’ 10th-highest graded undrafted rookie free agent during Week 1 of the preseason, earning an 86.2 grade by virtue of catching four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.

“He’s not much of a natural separator — few are at 6-foot-4, 208 pounds — but his physicality and catch radius are the real deal,” writes Renner, who also has Ravens inside linebacker John Ross (91.5 PFF grade) on his Top 10 list.

Tyler Linderbaum Returns This Week

In other news from Wednesday, the team’s official website reports that rookie first-round pick Tyler Linderbaum will be returning to practice on or about Friday August 19.

Linderbaum suffered a foot injury two weeks ago.

“I don’t anticipate him playing in (Sunday’s preseason) game, but he’ll start working his way back in – it looks like – on Friday. We’ll see, but that’s how it looks right now,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.


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