RIP, Great Barrier Reef?

It has been widely shared, but is it a forgone conclusion?

This past week, an obituary for the Great Barrier Reef went viral, with many people mourning the so-called “loss” of the largest living thing on Earth.

Some scientists disagree that the Reef is completely dead, but they do agree that it is in dire need of intervention.

It has been gravely affected by El Nino and climate change, and nearly 93% of the reef has been affected by a huge bleaching event. Coral bleaching occurs when coral is stressed, causing them to expel algae and turn white. If they are not given time to recover, they will inevitably die.

All hope is not lost; if Australia implements the changes needed to reduce sediment levels, as well as carbon emissions, the Reef might just have a chance to recover.

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