Some the world's leading scientists are saying it’s time to consider making ‘radical interventions’ to save the world's coral reefs. The coral bleaching events of the last few years have left many shocked as they are described as the ‘longest, most widespread, and possibly the most damaging” on record.
A committee, formed by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, made of the nations top coral researchers is considering a wide range of solutions to the crisis and has already began a two year project to assess the risks and benefits of different interventions strategies.
Rising global temperatures have been linked with coral bleaching. Scientists are proposing solutions ranging from genetic modification to geo-engineering the atmosphere in an effort to cool the reefs down. Coral reefs are found in oceans around the world but most reef-building corals cannot tolerate ocean water temperatures below 64° Fahrenheit (18° Celsius). Many grow optimally in water temperatures between 73° and 84° Fahrenheit
A study posted in the journal Scientific Reports predicts that at the current rate of bleaching, 99 percent of the coral reefs will be affected within the century while others estimate that 90 percent of world's coral reefs will be dead by 2050.
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As we got closer to the ocean floor, we began to approach a reef; this reef was nothing short of epic. The colours were bright and everything appeared to be healthy with marine life flourishing... that was until the current changed. Within seconds, this heaving reef became surrounded with plastic and rubbish.