“ ‘Paris Agreement Not Enough’ To Prevent Catastrophic Coral Bleaching, Marine Biologists Warn” Harry Cockburn, The Independent, 23 February 2017

“The current global coral bleaching event is the longest and most widespread ever recorded.”

Global climate change has caused a drastic increase in sea surface temperatures. Recent satellite thermal imaging has found that the Great Barrier Reef is unusually warm. This is due to global climate change thus causing harmful coral bleaching. Between 50 and 80 per cent of corals died between Cape York and Lizard Island in 2016 alone. This recent tragedy has many environmental groups calling on the Australian government to take action to help resolve the problem. The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has asked the Australian government to halt its support for the coal industry in order to prevent further coral loss. The effect that the current state of our climate has on the reef is out of Australia’s power to change. Australia may be able to reduce its own pollution and coal emissions but in order for the reef to live a healthy and long life, a larger global action is needed. Governments need to work together to lessen global climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Williams, a professor who worked on the coral bleaching study, states, “The Paris agreement is good example of a co-ordinated effort to try and curb greenhouse gas emissions, and if we stick to it, it will reduce greenhouse gases, but even if we adhere to it, it won’t buy that much more time for reefs.

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“ ‘Paris Agreement Not Enough’ To Prevent Catastrophic Coral Bleaching, Marine Biologists Warn” Harry Cockburn, The Independent, 23 February 2017

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