Climate change is destroying our reefs. We must phase out coal.

26.04.16 By
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The Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing the worst mass coral bleaching event in its history. Yesterday, scientists confirmed that only 7% of our World-Heritage listed reef has avoided coral bleaching.

This morning leading Australian scientists sounded the alarm in a full page newspaper advertisement – funded by 250 Climate Council supporters, and published today in the Courier Mail:


57 experts with over 1,200 years of combined experience studying climate change, marine ecosystems and the reef have called to transition away from fossil fuels to cleaner sources of energy.

This is because the Great Barrier Reef’s future depends on how much and how quickly the world, including Australia, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit ocean warming.

Find out more about the impact of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef in our scientific alert.