The Great Barrier Reef extends 1,429 miles along the coast of Australia, and despite its enormity, up to 99% of it may disappear due to climate change, as the Australian Academy of Sciences revealed that if the temperature continues to rise 2.7 Fahrenheit (1.5 Celsius) , The largest coral reef system in the world will eventually die, as it will gradually shrink.
If the Earth were to get a temperature of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius), only 1% of the coral would remain.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the researchers say that an immediate transformative measure to reverse global warming is the only option to save the Great Barrier Reef, but it appears that reaching the target is practically impossible, while the team also points out that with the current rates of emissions of the Earth, it is likely To pass 2.7 F (1.5 C) by 2025.
The Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland and is home to more than 2,900 individual reefs, and it was revealed in March 2020 that the Great Barrier Reef is now facing a “most extensive” coral bleaching event that is potentially devastating after ocean temperatures. Unusually warm, and a recent report indicates it is heading to extinction.
In October 2020, more than half of coral reefs were detected due to bleaching over the past 25 years, when ocean temperatures are extremely high, coral reefs expel their colorful symbiotic algae that provide them with food, turning them white.
The report, titled “The Dangers to Australia from a 3C Warm World,” indicates that Australia is heading towards a climate catastrophe and that it will take the Great Barrier with it.
The report states that Australia, as the driest inhabited continent, is highly vulnerable to the effects of global warming.