‘The Great Barrier Reef is a treasure’: Scientists warn of threat to marine life
Experts warn the Great Barrier Barrier Reef could face an unprecedented bleaching event if the worst is not dealt with, with some scientists warning the iconic ecosystem is at risk of being decimated by the heat and acidity of rising ocean temperatures.
In a report published on Wednesday, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said there was a high risk of a massive bleaching of the Great White Barrier Reef, which is home to more than 1,000 species of coral.
The report also warned the Great Pacific Barrier Reef was experiencing a rare event where its coral has been destroyed.
“This bleaching has been occurring in some areas for a long time, so it has occurred more recently,” said David Boulton, chief executive of the IUCN, in a statement.
“It is important to note that we have not yet been able to determine how widespread this event will be.”
The reef, located in the Northern Territory’s south-west, is one of the world’s most iconic ecosystems and is a key source of tourism and economic activity.
The report found that some species of corals were already at risk from the bleaching, which has occurred since late February, and that corals could be more severely affected if the warming waters continued.
Bleaching is a condition where a marine ecosystem cannot support healthy or productive populations of animals, or sustain a healthy food supply, said the report, published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
A bleaching season typically lasts between three to four years, with most corals dying within two years.
Bleaching can also lead to disease outbreaks in animals, which are often unable to cope with extreme heat and water temperatures.
Boulton said the reef was already at “extremely high risk” of being impacted by bleaching.
It is estimated that about 500 species of animals and plants are at risk, including coral, turtles, sea turtles, mollusks, sea lampreys and sharks.
He said that many of the animals were found to be in the range of those that could be negatively impacted.
Scientists have also warned of the risk of sea level rise.
The Great Southern Barrier Reef in Australia is one the world´s most iconic marine ecosystems.
Its coral is one-fifth the size of the rest of the planet, and the reef is home both to endangered species and endangered coral species.
Researchers have warned that rising seas are likely to further accelerate the damage caused by climate change, with the Reef facing bleaching events in the near future.
The Queensland government is currently studying the impact of rising sea levels on coral reefs, which could have an impact on the reef’s resilience to climate change.
There are also concerns about the extent to which the Queensland government will be able to keep up with climate change impacts and how much coral is being impacted.
The reef has been suffering from bleaching in recent years, when temperatures soared and levels of acidity and salinity in the water surged.
The IUCNC said that although it was too early to predict whether bleaching would occur in any particular area, its report warned that the reef had experienced an unusual bleaching cycle, with corals being killed by high-pressure systems that often blow out from the reef.
Although the bleached corals are not completely dead, they are in serious trouble, with scientists warning that if bleaching continues the reef could face unprecedented bleach events.
This could be a significant challenge for corals, which rely on food for survival.
Dr Tim Lomas, from the Australian Marine Conservation Society, said: “The reef is incredibly important to the survival of coralls.
Even if you just look at the corals that survive, the majority are found in the Southern Coral Ecosystem, so we are already at extreme risk of this event.”
If the bleach event continues to escalate, we could see a huge impact on corals in this region, as well as the entire South East Queensland.
“The Great Northern Barrier Reef (GNB) is one region in the Great Southern and Northern Barrier Fleas, and is home not only to some of Australia´s largest fish, such as bull sharks, but also the world famous white-nosed dolphin.
GNB is also home to the Great Australian and Antarctic Barrier Reefs, the Great Tropical Barrier Reef and many other reef systems.
Since 2000, scientists have estimated that up to 300 species of fish are currently threatened by bleached coral.
As part of its global strategy to protect the reef, Queensland Government has established the Great Coastal and Marine Park Authority to manage and protect the Great South Western and Northern Fleas and the Great Northern Flea, which includes the Great Great Barrier, Great Northern and Great Southern Fleas.
Despite this, the Queensland Government is still struggling to manage the Great Eastern Flea.
While the government has pledged to implement