The Coral Reef is in crisis and suffering the terrible impact of climate change. according to a report by IPCC with regular and severe coral bleaching caused by rising ocean temperatures. The adolescent snorkeler was startled by the sea’s quiet which was quickly followed by horror as she noticed the coral below had lost its dazzling color. As a result of yet another massive bleaching catastrophe this once-thriving region of Coral reef Areas which she had previously compared to a busy capital city, has become a desolate wasteland.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released on Monday contains much to be concerned about stating unequivocally that the Great Barrier Reef is in peril and is being severely impacted by climate change with frequent and severe coral bleaching caused by rising ocean temperatures. The research stated that the biggest bleaching event which occurred in 2016 affected over 90% of the reef and that the northern and central regions of the reef system have been “significantly damaged” due to a number of intense bleaching events.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure viewable from space. It has a total length of 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) and is home to over 1,500 tropical fish species, as well as dolphins, whales, birds, and even century-old clams. Prior to the pandemic, it contributed 6.5 billion Australian dollars (US$4.5 billion) to the economy each year, mostly from tourism, and employed around 64,000 people.
According to the IPCC, coral bleaching will almost certainly persist along the reef. Even more alarmingly. The analysis warns that it may be too late to completely cease bleaching. Even if the world meets its goal of limiting future global warming to 2 degrees Celsius below or before levels. The IPCC assessed that this would not be enough to avert more frequent major bleaching events, albeit it would lower their frequency.
The frequency and intensity of severe wildfire conditions are already growing, owing in part to climate change. The devastating “Black Summer” fires of mid-2019 and early 2020, which claimed the lives of almost 35 people and damaged more than 3,000 properties, are one example. The IPCC cautioned that even Australia’s famous eucalyptus trees which are naturally resistant to the country’s yearly fires may not be able to endure the fury and frequency of the anticipated fires, which might lead to forest devastation.