Global Warming is Affecting the Growth and Recovery of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Global Warming is Affecting the Growth and Recovery of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef


Rapidly increasing global warming is obstructing the Australian Great Barrier Reef from restoring from bleaching. Researchers have discovered that warmer water temperatures stop the coral from reproducing and recovering. As a result, the number of new baby corals in the region has decreased by 89%. Scientists reveal it is a result of bleaching events which happened during 2016-2017. Those activities damaged around two-thirds of the largest reef system on Earth. Researchers blame those events for initiating a fall in coral rejuvenation last year. They reveal the 1,500mile reef has experienced massive bleaching events due to higher water temperatures than usual in the past twenty years.

Last year, scientists from James Cook University, Queensland, conducted research. They measured the impact of bleaching on the existence and reproduction of corals. The study, published on Thursday, in the journal Nature, figure outs the number of adult corals who survived from the events. It also reveals the number of new baby corals they produced to recover the reef in 2018. The results of the study are horrible. Terry Hughes, study’s leading author, revealed dead corals do not produce babies. Prof. Andrew Baird, study’s co-author, said they compared the previous conditions with the current one. He noted there is a 90% fall in the recovery of the reef as of the previous (the 1990s) levels of restoration.

Researchers also discovered that the decrease in adult corals lead to a crash in coral rehabilitation in the area. Besides, the warm pressures produced by the warming sea temperatures affected the potential of coral to improve and recover. Researchers have previously cautioned global warming influences the development of the reef. While the new study also shows that reef is severely under the threat of global warming. They hope coral reformation will steadily recover in the upcoming five to ten years. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing that is visible from space, but it is slowly moving towards extinction.

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