Corals of Great Barrier Reef Continue to Lose Color

13.03.2017

The rangers of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Australia) have discovered the strongest discoloration of corals in the central third of the reef. A possible cause is global warming provoked by CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

Corals of Great Barrier Reef Continue to Lose Color

The reef has started to lose its color in 2014. The discoloration is due to the fact that corals lose the microscopic algae intolerant to warm or dirty water. White corals are extremely vulnerable to disease and may die.

The Great Barrier Reef, located along the coast of Australia, is the largest reef in the world. It is the habitat for thousands of species of living things, including fish, shellfish and jellyfish.

According to experts, the warming of the climate on Earth by 1.5 degrees is the maximum that coral reefs can survive. According to the Paris agreement on climate, global warming should not exceed 2 degrees Celsius.