Scientists have told the Australian government that current plans to save the reef won’t work – because of one issue.
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world – but its days are numbered.
Although the country’s government has invested AU$50 million (£28 million) in a plan to protect the reef, the coral bleaching has become too advanced .
Scientists have told the Australian government the plan is unachievable – because it makes no mention of a plan to fight climate change.
Bleaching occurs when the water is too warm, forcing coral to expel living algae and causing it to calcify and turn white. Mildly bleached coral can recover if the temperature drops but rising sea temperatures have magnified the damage beyond repair.
Instead of trying to save the reef, scientists recommend that authorities shift their efforts to maintaining its “ecological function”.