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Heartbroken Scientist Admits The Great Barrier Reef Is Now ‘Terminal’

Some devastating environmental news came to light this week, with the announcement that the Great Barrier Reef is beyond saving.The Reef has been the subject of much study in recent years, with fears for its well-being after large amounts of it became ‘bleached’ due to increasingly warmer water…

Bleaching‘ is a process in which the reef becomes unable to house the very wildlife which keeps it alive due to high water temperatures.

The reef expels it’s living organisms into the water and become dry and bone white as a result, and in effect, dead.

This phenomenon has been closely observed by biologists in the past few years but sadly little could be done to prevent it.

Barrier Reef researcher James Kerry of the James Cook University’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies said “This is the fourth time the Great Barrier Reef has bleached severely – in 1998, 2002, 2016, and now in 2017. Bleached corals are not necessarily dead corals, but in the severe central region we anticipate high levels of coral loss.” Of a possible turn-around for the reef, he said: “It takes at least a decade for a full recovery of even the fastest growing corals, so mass bleaching events 12 months apart offers zero prospect of recovery for reefs that were damaged in 2016.”

You can see disturbing footage of the bleached reef in the video below:

Efforts to save the Great Barrier Reef from the effects of climate change have been abandoned by scientists who have battled tirelessly for years to save it. Jame Cook University water expert Jon Brodie said “We’ve given up” he added, “It’s been my life managing water quality, we’ve failed.”

Along with increased bleaching in recent years, the reef struggled this year with the added stress of being hit by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

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