Global Warming Threatens the Existence of the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef experienced two mass extinctions in 2016 and 2017. But now there’s another one on the line.
Terry Hughes is studying aerial photography of coral reefs. He noticed a very disturbing changing in Great Barrier Reef ecosystem this year. About a quarter of all reefs are at risk of dying.
Reefs die due to bleaching when water temperatures rise above normal. Global warming is the reason. Some corals can recover if they’re not in an aggressive environment for too long. But most of them will die.
More than half of the reefs have died in the last two mass extinctions. UN’s scientists have calculated that all coral reefs will die if the planet’s temperature will rise by 1 degree Celsius.
This process has already begun. And it’s almost impossible to stop it given the scale of planet’s industrialization.
Only new there’s still a chance to save coral reefs.
Coral reefs are the lungs of the ocean. They purify vast amounts of water and provide a refuge for many sea creatures. Various rare species of oceanic animals and plants live in the reefs and grow their offspring.
The Great Barrier Reef is a separate ecosystem and its destruction will lead to irreparable damage.