Fill your eyes with all the stunning colours and natural splendour.
Take deep breathe and smell the white sand and crystalline water.
Then think about how far you would go to save this.
A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a life-changing experience. One of the natural wonders of the world.
Photo By Ciambue – https://www.flickr.com/photos/ciamabue/6106191035/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40691429
Sadly, new aerial surveys have found that back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australias’s Great Barrier Reef. This is the second year in a row that the reef has been hit by severe bleaching. This year, the bleaching has spread further south. The underlying cause for the bleaching is global warming.
A proposal to pump cold water on the Great Barrier Reef to help stave off the bleaching has been described as an band-aid solution. Admittedly to use $9m to pump water does not address the underlying problems linked to rising water temperatures. Yet, few of us would say that using a plaster is a waste of time and money to dress a wound.
What do you think? How far should go we go? What kind of solutions are required to save the reef?
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