Great Barrier Reef could be gone in ten years

Time is not on our side: we have just 10 years to save the Great Barrier Reef!

That’s according to a scientist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. If we continue to release CO2 into the atmosphere at current rates, within a decade we will reach a tipping point beyond which ocean warming will occur no matter what we do, reducing the reef’s chances of survival.

Under current rates of warming, the corals must move southwards at a rate of 15 kilometres per year to stay cool. Individual coral larvae can travel great distances, but the entire reef system can’t. The uncomfortable conclusion is that we might lose the reef. Read more here.

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