Can the Great Barrier Reef be saved? Uproar as writer claims world’s largest living structure is DEAD
We went through all this a few months ago. The galoots below are just catching up. To summarize: The tourism operators in Far North Queensland -- who go to the reef daily -- were all amazed to hear this guff. The reef does undergo bleaching (which in NOT "death") from time to time but not all parts are affected. So they did their own survey and found that only a relatively small part of the reef was bleached at the time: A MUCH smaller part than what the Greenies claim.
They have NO difficulty in finding parts of the reef where they can take their tourist boats and show visitors the reef in all its glory. The main departure point for the reef is the city of Cairns and the tourism industry there at the moment is booming.
The Greenie claim is that agricultural runoff is killing the reef but the main area of coral bleaching at the moment is parallel with the Northern half on Cape York peninsula, where there are essentially NO farms -- So it's ideology, not reality speaking
The Great Barrier Reef was once a scene of thriving coral, but one environmental writer has claimed it is now beyond help.
'The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old,' wrote Rowan Jacobsen in Outside magazine.
Recent pictures show many parts of the reef appear full of swampy algae, brown sludge and rubble, and it is estimated 93 per cent of Great Barrier Reef has been affected by bleaching, which can kill corals.
In his 'obituary', Jacobson wrote 'The Great Barrier Reef was predeceased by the South Pacific’s Coral Triangle, the Florida Reef off the Florida Keys, and most other coral reefs on earth.
'It is survived by the remnants of the Belize Barrier Reef and some deepwater corals.'
However, a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority report released this week said its preliminary findings show 22 per cent of coral on the Reef died due to the worst mass bleaching event on record.
However, that's not to say the remaining coral is not in dire trouble.
A destructive bleaching process has already affected about 93 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef as of April this year, according to scientists at James Cook University.
The latest before and after shots of the devastating effect of coral loss in the tropical far north Queensland in recent years.
With the December 1 deadline looming, Australia must report to the UNESCO to demonstrate an investment strategy to save the Reef.
WWF-Australia spokesman Sean Hoobin said while there was no scientific study on what killed coral in this specific area, the pictures were indicative of what was happening along the Reef's coast.
'Inshore reefs along the coast are deteriorating and studies say sediment, fertiliser and pesticide run off are taking a toll on coral,' Mr Hoobin said.
An independent report estimated it would cost $8.2 billion to achieve most of the water quality targets for the Reef that governments have committed to deliver by 2025.
'Stopping water pollution will help restore the beautiful coral gardens choked by runoff. This image drives home what a big job we face,' Mr Hoobin said.
'Australia must commit the $8.2 billion as a national priority to protect the Reef and the tourism jobs that rely on it.
This comes as coral samples dating back thousands of years show evidence of the human impact on the Reef, researchers have claimed.
University of Queensland Professor Gregg Webb said coral 'cores' taken from along the Queensland coastline showed definable difference in trace element chemistry, including those linked to European arrival in Australia.
'We can look at ancient events where they're been stressed by bad water, high nutrients, but also just sediment load and see what killed them, what was sub-lethal, how common events are, and just get an idea of what the reef can handle,' he said