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The Great Barrier Reef in Australia: 90 percent of the coral is damaged

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia: 90 percent of the coral is damaged

Status: 05/11/2022 10:29 am

About 90 percent of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is whitewashed. An unusual heat wave at this time of year is pressing the rocks with a temperature of almost 50 degrees Celsius.

Australia continues to be hot The Great Barrier Reef has damaged more than 90 percent of the coral reefs. This is according to a report by the Australian Government. Impact of climate change.

Of the 719 patches surveyed, 654 – or 91 percent – reported some coral bleaching. Bleaching is a phenomenon that occurs when corals are compressed and the colorful algae that live in them are expelled.

One such pressure on corals may be the Australian heat wave. This has been going on since December and sometimes caused temperatures of almost 50 degrees Celsius. Although bleached corals are still alive and moderately affected areas of the rock can be restored, the report continued that “over-bleached corals have a higher mortality rate”.

Coral Bleaching is the sad premiere this time around

But something different from previous years: According to a government report, La Nina has been hit for the first time this year by the whitening of rocks during what is known as weather. Cold temperatures are generally expected at this time.

They have lost almost all of their color: whitewashed corals on the Great Barrier Reef.

Image: dpa

Environmentalists are urging the government to take action

Environmental activists called on politicians Ten more days before the general election Do more to protect the climate. Lisa Schindler of the Australian Maritime Security Association warned:

Even if bleaching is excessive, it is not normal and we should not tolerate it.

Schindler added that the two major political parties must face the fact that their climate goals are not enough for the rocks.

UNESCO rocks can be classified as “vulnerable”.

Next month, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will decide whether the Great Barrier Reef can be classified as “vulnerable”. In 2015, Australia was able to avoid the impending downgrade of the World Heritage Site by developing a government long-term plan and investing billions in security measures.