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Several coral deaths on Great Barrier Reef reported for this year

First Posted: Nov 29, 2016 12:33 PM EST
Green island, atoll on the Great Barrier Reef...

Green island, atoll on the Great Barrier Reef...(Photo : DEA / C. DANI I. JESKE / Contributor/ Getty Images )

Recently, the Great Barrier Reef - a known World Heritage site, has recorded an enormous number of coral deaths this year.

In a report of Inquirer, it was recorded that the worst affected area was located in a 700-kilometer (400 mile) in the north of the World Heritage, based on Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

This record of coral deaths was discovered during the dive surveys last October and November and it is in the north of Port Douglas. It had lost almost 67% of its shallow-water corals.

On the other hand, the government of Australia and Queensland will be reporting to the UNESCO World Heritage Center regarding the progress of protecting and improving the reefs. This includes their response on the reported coral bleaching. This coral bleaching was one of the effects of El Nino weather and of course the climate change. Moreover, the government of Australia was planning to allocate 2 Billion Australian dollars over the 10 years on improving the condition of the coral reefs.

Meanwhile in The Sydney Morning Herald, the director of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority- David Wachenfield mentioned that the reef could still be preserved as thee will be collective efforts from the different industries, community, and government institutions. He also said that the people should be determined in solving this problem.

Whereas, there are lots of factors that could have affected the reef and as to why there is a rapid increase of temperature on earth. Also, the poor water quality due to the decline of agricultural industry is also considered one of the biggest threats facing the heritage reef.

On the other hand, there is a target of cutting down the usage of Nitrogen by 50% from fertilizer by 2018, until it reaches to 80% in the year of 2025.

Overall, this issue is not just solely a problem of climate change but an issue on how human could also protect the earth as people continually uses its resources.

 

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