Outlook for Great Barrier Reef is “poor,” study shows

Australian reef faces threat from climate change, coastal development


The world’s largest living organism, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, faces a rising risk of destruction. A new study concludes that, due in part to climate change, the World Heritage-protected site has a “poor” chance of survival. One of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, the reef contains important species like dugongs, marine turtles, seabirds, and some sharks, whose populations are declining. Meanwhile, coral diseases and pest outbreaks are on the rise. “Even with the recent management initiatives to improve resilience, the overall outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor and catastrophic damage to the ecosystem may not be averted,” a government reef management body said in the outlook report, which is produced every five years and benchmarks the health of the reef. It found that climate change, worsening water quality due to coastal runoff, development and illegal fishing all posed a threat to the reef, which stretches over 345,000 km off Australia’s east coast, Reuters reports.


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Outlook for Great Barrier Reef is “poor,” study shows

  1. This report shows that the Government's own CPRS emissions target will kill the GBR along with 100s of species & the livelihoods of those communities who depend upon it. It clearly stipulates that if we have a temp rise of 2°C or more, the GBR will not survive. It shows that if the world sets its target at 450ppm, the Reef will not outlive Generation Y.
    People need to understand that a rise in carbon levels to 450ppm will ensure the destruction of this great icon and the Gov confirms this. We need 350ppm and we need it now!

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