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Intervention is needed to save the Great Barrier Reef

10-05-2020


Today’s Video of the Day from the Australian Institute of Marine Science describes how the Great Barrier Reef could be protected from the destruction of global warming.

Even in the best case scenario of reducing carbon emissions, water temperatures are expected to rise through at least 2050, and will exceed the thermal limits that corals can adapt to and survive. 

Some of Australia’s leading experts in science, engineering, and economics have teamed up for the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) Concept Feasibility Study.

The study is the most comprehensive of its kind to investigate the use of large-scale reef interventions. 

The goal of the project is to provide reef managers and policymakers with safe, cost-effective interventions that could feasibly protect the Great Barrier Reef from the impacts of climate change.

The RRAP researchers say that bold action is urgently needed, and successful intervention could double the odds of keeping the Great Barrier Reef in good health through 2050.

Video Credit: Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP)

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

 

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