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NEWS / Video: Will climate change signal the end for Australia's Great Barrier Reef?
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News, Tourism


Image: Bleached Acropora coral (foreground) and normal colony (background), Keppel Islands, Great Barrier ReefCC BY 3.0,
By Will Bugler

Coral reefs are some of the most vulnerable ecosystems to the impacts of climate change. Increased ocean temperatures lead to bleaching, which severely damages and eventually kills the coral. Bleaching also increases the stress on ocean ecosystems making them less able to recover from shocks, such as storms which damage the coral.

Why does this matter? Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on earth and are home to an estimated 25% of the planet's marine biodiversity. People have relied on reefs to support their livelihoods for centuries, today an estimated 500 million people depend on them for food. The estimated value of reef ecosystems to the global economy? 30 billion dollars. The impact of coral reef bleaching can be seen around the world, including at the Great Barrier reef off the coast of Australia. In some parts of the reef 90% of corals have suffered bleaching. The video below from Australia's Climate Council shows the shocking extent of the damage.

NOAA's Coral Reef Watch is helping to identify the areas of reefs most at risk from bleaching, helping scientists to target their research. Acclimatise produced an infographic (below), that shows how important coral reef ecosystems are and how climate data from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is used to support this important work.  

Exclusive footage: life or death struggle on the Great Barrier Reef