Australia’s Coral Reefs Under Threat From Climate Change

11.05.16 By , and

Our new report reveals the influence of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, and provides strong scientific evidence that future bleaching events are likely to become more frequent and severe.

The report found that rising global ocean temperatures, driven by climate change, has been the cause of an extremely severe bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef.

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KEY FINDINGS:

1) The longest global coral bleaching event on record is underway due to record breaking ocean temperatures driven by climate change and El Niño.

 

2) Coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse and economically valuable ecosystems on Earth, but they are under threat from climate change.

 

3) The future of coral reefs around the world depends on how much and how fast we reduce greenhouse gas emissions now and in the coming years and decades.

 

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