Meanwhile newly unveiled research shows the growing
effects of climate change are even more dire than many scientists
initially suspected. Some of the repercussions are already irreversible.
It seems the stakes couldn’t be much higher for the global scientific community or the planet. Read more (5/30/17)
To put the impending death of the Great Barrier Reef in perspective: We are not just losing a breathtaking piece of natural beauty (which is heartbreaking enough in itself). Coral reefs are essentially the marine equivalent of rainforests in terms of biodiversity. We will lose so many species, species that science will no longer be able to learn from. We will lose the potential for so many new medicines, technologies, and knowledge PERMANENTLY.
We are almost inevitably going to lose one of the great natural wonders of the world and if that doesn’t break your heart then you aren’t paying attention. It’s very likely that future generations won’t ever see ANY coral reef (not just the Great Barrier) if we continue on this track.