Great Barrier Reef shows signs of heat stress
Great Barrier Reef faces an uphill battle to survive in the face of warming and more acidic waters, with the scientists behind the new study projecting that as much as %90 of them could disappear within a couple of decades.
Eastern Australia has experienced a long period of warmer than usual ocean currents. Temperatures would need to drop from current levels over the next two weeks if the reef was to avoid a third mass bleaching event in five years.
Travelling aboard the yacht-like small ship Coral Discoverer, the new sailings feature a customised wellness program against the backdrop of extraordinary marine life and the natural heritage of Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage icons, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.
The new study mapped areas of the ocean that would be best suited to this type of coral restoration, taking into consideration factors like acidity, water temperature, human population density and fishing frequency.
After examining the world's oceans, they reached a somber conclusion: "By 2100, few to zero suitable coral habitats will remain."
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