The Great Barrier Reef Has Been Forever Changed By Global Warming

This article discusses the impact that global warming has had on the Great Barrier Reef. Rising temperatures in 2016 caused a catastrophic die-off of almost 30 percent of the iconic reef.

A bleak new study describes the profound damage that climate change has wreaked on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Rising temperatures in 2016 “cooked” swathes of corals, the scientists found, causing the catastrophic die-off of almost 30 percent of the world’s largest coral reef system.

Global warming has already radically — and possibly permanently — transformed the reef’s ecology, according to the study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature. If action is not taken promptly and comprehensively to curb warming, it could be “game over” for the reef, scientists warned.

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