The Australian Minister of the Environment has recently stated that the Great Barrier Reef is at risk of being destroyed due to climate change. Their has been a barrage of pollutants that have been damaging the reef since 2008. This has resulted in a decline of humpback whale and loggerhead turtle populations. Unfortunately, this is still an ongoing problem that must be dealt with swiftly.
It’s no surprise that climate change is causing a rise in sea temperatures which can damage coral reefs and results in more acidic water and more volatile weather patterns. In addition, the Australian government has been facing a barrage of vocal criticism. The prime minister even did an interview on ABC news where he proclaimed that global warming was real and not to be taken lightly.
Their has been some growing pressure on Minister Greg Hunt as to whether the Great Barrier Reef will maintain or forgo it’s position as a World Heritage. According to him, the government has been in the process of setting up a major plan of operations to clean up any pollution near the reefs. Their is promises of more dramatic proposals in the coming months.
According to the latest reports, the quality of the reefs is poor and only going to become less desirable in the future. The most imminent threat to the welfare of the Barrier Reefs is climate change unsurprisingly. The demise of the barrier reefs takes a complex scientific understanding.
Their are a multitude of reasons for the decreased quality in the reefs. This includes excessive fishing of marina resources, entanglement via nets, and shipping accidents which have accounted for the majority of species decline. Another big problem is the entrance of pollution into the water and ecosystem. This includes CO2, coal, dumping of toxic wastes into the ocean.
Unfortunately, protecting the reefs has taken a back seat in light of the most recent developments that dredging and coastal development is priority number one for the governing body.
The overall consensus from the latest research is that more funding is needed to ensure the Barrier reefs will last for generations to come. This means more money to protect the sea life, fund research, and increase awareness on the importance of these magnificent reefs. People can protect the the Great Barrie reefs by ensuring the government does not enact destructive policies that are not ecologically friendly, a lack of commitment to combat climate change, and social responsibility to reduce water and land pollutions and to discontinue the dumping of hazardous waste.