The Great Barrier Reef

A few weeks ago a magazine published an obituary for the Great Barrier Reef, “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old”. However, after a huge social media response the article was pronounced false, the reef isn’t dead but it is actually dying at a faster rate than ever before. The purpose to posting a falsified article? The article was highlighting the urgency of the situation. The overall message to take from this is the Great Barrier Reef is dying, not dead, meaning it isn’t too late and not to give up. The obituary ultimately blames the Australian government, stating that the government pressured the United Nations to remove the reef from a climate change report because it was concerned about its impact on tourism. On September 28, the Australian and Queensland governments released the first Reef 2050 Plan, showing the $2 billion investment toward improving the reef’s health is in fact paying off. The plan has accomplished 29 of its 151 intended tasks, but it does say the plan needs to be accelerated if they want to save the reef. The Coral reef is one of nature’s wonders but due to global warming its beauty won’t be around for much longer. This is due to years and years of water pollution and global warming. The change in pH and overall water temperature is causing the coral to bleach losing its vibrant colors and ability to take in essential nutrients. But despite the rumors the reef isn’t dead and there is still time to save the Great Barrier Reef.


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