The Great Bleached Barrier Reef

Barrier Reef The Great Barrier is one of the natural wonder's of the world that's home to 1,500 different species of fish, and many endangered species such as the loggerhead turtle. Coral bleaching has been a threat to the reef for some time. In the past it has caused two major bleaching events. An increase of just one degreases or two over a sustained period can cause coral to loose its ability to photosynthesise*, which they then loose their colour and die.

The Great Barrier reef

In recent news, The Great Barrier Reef has become famous once again due its maltreatment from people leaving their TV’s on standby. Once lively and full of colour, the reef is now motionless and ashen from neglect. There seems to be no hope after the results of the recent USA election. President Obama's work towards cutting carbon pollution now seems to have had no point, as obviously there is no such thing as 'Climate Change'.

Climate change link to WWF

coral bleaching link to modestFish

Donald Trump on climae change

There have been three major bleaching events to the Great Barrier. Hot spells in 1997-99 and 2002 caused serious damage to the reef, as well as in 2015. The first two bleachings caused 18% of the reefs to be damaged, which has increased drastically to 55% during the last major event. The Great Barrier Reef was already damaged from previous spells. Having another bleaching when the coral have had so little time to repair has been devastating.

Bleached Coral photos
Satellite data

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If sea temperatures continue to rise and sustain, the world's largest living entity could die completely within the next year. With global cooling seeming unlikely, many have bid farewell to the 25 million year old reef and given up it's care.

'Global Warming' has not been the only cause of damage. Tourism has also been a factor.

Snorkelers, as well as diver's, brush against the corals and cause severe damage. The tiniest of touches could take corals 2 years to recover from, and yet approximately two million people visit the reef a year. It is almost like throwing a box that is stamped fragile down a stairway. Luckily there is still time to save some of the Great Barrier, but that can only happen if we reduce carbon emissions. Next time you leave your TV on standby, or visit the stressed landscape, try to consider the damage it's actually doing to the habitat of many endangered marine life.

Impact of tourism

Steevie-Leigh Chantler

*Coral is formed by colonies of small invertebrates which form the actual coral by depositing calcium when they die. The coral organisms live in a symbiotic relationship with algae (microscopic plants ) which provide the coral with food.

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Guy Walks the Wight

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