US climate change campaigner and photographer dies snorkelling at Great Barrier Reef

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U.S. Climate Change Campaigner and Photographer Dies Snorkeling at Great Barrier Reef – www.philippinesilfestyle.com

Award-winning American environmental photographer Gary Braasch died on Monday while snorkelling at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

Braasch, aged 70, from Portland, Oregon, was snorkeling with a companion at the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station, the museum said in a statement. He was documenting the effect of climate change on the reef.

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The cause of death was not immediately clear. Queensland police had been notified and were investigating, the museum added.

A Nikon “Legend Behind the Lens” photographer, Braasch was an active climate change campaigner and had received many major awards and citations for his work.

The Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site, is the world’s largest living ecosystem, with thousands of multi-coloured coral reefs stretching 1,200 miles off the northeast coast of Australia.

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Parts of the reef face permanent destruction if the current El Nino, one of the strongest weather patterns in two decades, does not ease this month, scientists say. Reuters

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