Cannot save the great barrier reef?

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Scientists have reported to the Australian government that the Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved by the plans/policies mentioned in the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan. This is mainly due to the mass bleaching events, especially due to climate change.

The AU$2 billion Reef 2050 plan was launched in March 2015, with an aim of improving the “universal value” of the world’s largest coral reef every decade leading up to 2050.

According to the latest results, the coral death in 2017 is much higher than what was predicted. That is to say, the previously estimated 22 percent death of corals has now increased to 29 percent.

It is being asked by the scientists to review the Reef 2050 plan and add measures to counter climate change, such as reducing greenhouse emissions.

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This is a disaster. Coral reefs form one of the world’s most beautiful ecosystem, attracting thousands of tourists. Not only that, it is a habitat of thousands of water species as well.

Severe coral bleaching at Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), which carried out the first survey for 2017 over the area between Carins and Townsville in Queensland state, declared widespread damage from an underwater heatwave.

It is believed that the cause of bleaching of large areas of coral is warmer water temperatures. Warm waters force corals to expel algae living within their tissues, turning themselves white. The coral may die on the six to 12 months after bleaching.

It was estimated that two-thirds of coral coverage died in a 700 km stretch of the reef north of Port Douglas last year due to bleaching.

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