Great Barrier Reef Coral Bleaching Is At An All-Time High

Posted: Mar 21 2016, 9:25am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 21 2016, 10:02pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Great Barrier Reef Coral Bleaching is at an All-Time High
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  • Great Barrier Reef’s Bleaching Problem is at an All-Time High

The Great Barrier Reef’s bleaching problem is at an all-time high right now. Something must be done otherwise it might end up being too late.

Australia is in crisis mode. The Great Barrier Reef is slowly but steadily dying out. Large portions of it are virtually giving up the ghost. This is an example of an extreme environmental disaster in the making.

Footage of coral bleaching was released recently. It shocked many environmentalists and conservationists. Lizard Island which is located towards the northern portion of the Great Barrier Reef was the site of this coral corruption. 

Huge parts of the coral were bleached white and literally struggling to survive. Australia’s Environment Minister spoke of how the reef was threatened like never before.

According to HuffingtonPost, he said this after surveying an aerial view of it from aboard an airplane. The bleaching is very extensive and definitely a cause for concern. To be a witness to such widespread destruction made the minister very upset.

Something had to be done and fast. The rise in temperature has been blamed for this phenomenon. The heat stress was simply so much that the coral reef was unable to take it anymore. The only suitable response was death on a large scale. 

There are other reefs which have yet to be analyzed by human beings. While up until now there was some bleaching every summer, this time around the effects of bleaching surprised everyone. It is the most catastrophic event in a decade and a half.

The hot water on top of the coral reef had an effect of cooking the coral till it was bleached and dead. As a result of this bleaching, a monitoring of the coral reef was a mandatory step that needed to be taken no matter what. 

In fact, the Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pollution has to be stopped and the increasing population of a certain species of starfish which feeds on coral reef has to be decimated.

These are the short term goals. The climate change crisis is the big issue that needs to be addressed. It is the elephant in the room that everyone notices but no one dares question.

Simply monitoring is not enough. We have to take action. Via simple everyday steps of conservation and cleaning up our environment, the goal of a pristine milieu will be reached. Only then will the coral reef be able to flourish off the northern coast of Australia.   

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