The Great Barrier Reef is dead and none other than climate change is responsible for it. One of world’s largest living structure, it has been around for 25 millions years and now in 2016, it has been announced dead. The only living structure visible from the space, the reef was home to largest number of lives and spot for breeding of green turtles. Stretched out approximately 1200 miles along Australia’s eastern coast, the reef had largest biodiversity of organisms on Earth.
1625 species of fish, 3000 species of Mollusk, 450 species of coral, 220 species of birds and 30 species of whales and dolphins. The Great Barrier reef harbored ‘The Great Eight’ all this time, which comprises of Clownfish, Sharks,Manta Rays, Maori Wrasse, Potato Cods, Giant Clams, Turtles, and Whales. Unfortunately, the climate change has taken its toll on one of the largest wilderness on the face of this Earth. Designated as a ‘world heritage site’ by UNESCO in 1981 for its splendid marine area, died a slow death after a prolonged ‘illness’. The reef could have been rescued and preserved for the future generations to witness, but it is very evident that nothing remarkable was done to save it.
The demise of one of the greatest treasure of nature to mankind is sadly but truly comes as a result of mankind’s influence on climate change. Noting else, but human greed and it resulting into global warming is the reason, we won’t be able to cherish The Great Barrier Reef. As a result of global warming, the reef started to wither and die. With the onset of millennium, mass bleaching became a major threat. More the carbon dioxide observed by oceans, more acidic it turns into. As did Reef, it turned more acidic with time and with it started to dissolve. (ALSO READ: BRICS environment ministers to meet in Goa on September 16)
Environmental writer Rowan Jacobsen wrote in an obituary published in Outside, “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old.” Jacobse also quoted Charlie Veron, chief scientist for the Australian Institute of Marine Science, “The whole northern section is trashed. It looks like a war zone. It’s heartbreaking.”
“I used to have the best job in the world. Now it’s turned sour… I’m 71 years old now, and I think I may outlive the reef.”
image source: Queensland
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source: Queensland, Australia