Today: Saturday, 15 August 2020 year

Science: Great Barrier Reef damaged in ‘unprecedented’ bleaching

Science: Great Barrier Reef damaged in ‘unprecedented’ bleaching

The Australian scientists say that coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017 became larger and irreversible, the bleaching has damaged two-thirds of Australia’s the most precious natural treasure — its Great Barrier Reef.

The aerial surveys (see below) demonstrate the mass bleaching of the corals, which has already affected a long line (1,500km). According to scientists, the latest damage is concentrated in the middle section, whereas last year’s bleaching hit mainly the north.
The biology experts fear the proximity of the two events will give bleached coral tiny chance to recover. In other words, the Great Barrier reef will never be the same as ten years go, for an instance.

James Cook UniversityScience tries to find a way to recover the corals

The Australian scientists very concerned about the degradation of the reef in a recent decade, Prof Terry Hughes, from James Cook University, believes that it governmental bodies must resolve the climate issue that could be extremely helpful to prevent the irreversible loss of algae, or bleaching process.

«Since 1998, we have seen four of these events and the gap between them has varied substantially, but this is the shortest gap we have seen. The sooner we take action on global greenhouse gas emissions and transition away from fossil fuels to renewables, the better,»

Prof Hughes stressed.