PHOTO: The Great Barrier Reef stretches for 1,429 miles along the coast of Australia and although massive, new data shows up to 99 percent of it could disappear due to climate change
- A new report reveals the Great Barrier Reef is at risk of perishing
- If our planet surpasses 2.7F of warming 70 to 99% of corals will disappear
- However, if Earth increases warming by 3.6F, only one percent will remain
- Researcher say it is ‘virtually impossible’ to stop the world hitting 2.7F
The Great Barrier Reef stretches for 1,429 miles along the coast of Australia and although massive, new data shows up to 99 percent of it could disappear due to climate change.
The Australian Academy of Science revealed that if 2.7F (1.5C) degrees of warming continues, the world’s largest coral reef system will eventually perish.
The natural wonder is expected to shrink, but if the Earth experiences warming of 3.6F (2C) only one percent of coral will remain.
Researchers say that immediate ‘transformative action’ to reverse global warming is the only option for saving the Great Barrier Reef, but reaching the goal seems to be ‘virtually impossible.’
However, the team also notes that with Earth’s current rates of emissions, it is likely we will surpass 2.7F (1.5C) by 2025.
The Great Barrier Reef sits in the Coral Sea, located off the coast of Queensland and is home for more than 2,900 individual reefs
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