Don’t take it at face value, the Great Barrier Reef is dying but not yet dead! There is a big difference between the two- dead and dying. After international media flooded with reports of the death of the great barrier reef, social media is abuzz.
Report cites coral bleaching the cause of its deteriorating health. The report met with somewhat disbelief by both scientists and climate experts for the simple reason that it’s a big thing to happen. But if Russell Brainard, chief of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program at NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center is to be believed the report does not have to be taken at face value.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef ecosystem, covers more than 300,000 square kilometers and consists of more than 3,000 reefs, 600 islands, and 300 coral cays. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The message is urgency of the situation, there is no need to mourn the death of coral reef. The message is clear “that it isn't too late... not we should all give up.”
However, there is no denying that the Great Barrier Reef is in serious peril. According to a report by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, 93% of the reef is affected by bleaching affecting 93 percent of the reef by bleaching.