The recovery in the central and northern stretches of the UNESCO world heritage-listed reef contrasted with the southern region.
Lawmakers voted 89-55 in favour of a 43 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels.
The government is seeking a referendum, which is necessary to make changes to the constitution, on recognising indigenous minorities in the constitution and requiring governments to consult Aboriginal people on decisions that impact their lives.
Number of people ending up in hospitals will soon hit an all-time high, says a top health official, after the country recorded over 300,000 infections in the last week.
Government's five-yearly environmental report card "tells a story of crisis and decline in Australia's environment and a decade of government inaction and willful ignorance," says Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek.
Smith used a run of five consecutive birdies to card an 8-under-par 64, overtake Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and win The Open by one stroke for his first major title at St. Andrews in Scotland.
About 50,000 residents in New South Wales, bulk in Sydney's western suburbs, ordered to leave homes, up from Monday's 30,000, officials say.
"We have seen rivers rise fast, a lot quicker than expected," says Ashley Sullivan, a senior emergency agency official, adding about 32,000 people are under evacuation orders or warnings in New South Wales.
Australian authorities have issued at least 18 evacuation orders in western Sydney as heavy rainfall batters the region.
A 50-kilometre biosecurity zone was introduced to eradicate the pest, which is known as the Varroa Mite and can kill entire honey bee colonies.
The distinctive black, red and yellow flag will fly alongside the Australian flag and New South Wales state flag at the top of the bridge as part of a "broader move towards reconciliation."
China's new security pact with the Solomon Islands has sparked fears in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Japan that Beijing may establish a military presence in the South Pacific nation.
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