Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Largest Living Thing on Earth in Mortal Peril

It's so big it's plainly visible from space. At 2,300 miles in length it's the largest living thing on the planet.

It could be about to die off.

The Australian people have been told they'll have to choose - coral or coal. I suppose it comes down to one letter, "r."

The Great Barrier Reef will not survive a massive coral die-off if ocean temperatures continue to warm.

The Great Barrier Reef will not survive coral bleaching if current sea temperature trends continue, according to a new report charting increases over the past three decades which blames manmade climate change for the problem.

“The likelihood of the reef being able to survive through that is extremely low,” the report’s co-author, Scott Heron of the NOAA, told Guardian Australia. “If annual severe bleaching was happening across 98% of global reefs, it is very unlikely the Great Barrier Reef would be maintained.”


Toby said...

As that guy in the video says, there is no need to dump the slurry in the water so don't do it. I often think the carbon industries do stupid stuff out of belligerence, to prove that they can.

The Mound of Sound said...

I don't know if you noticed, Toby, but the NYT is reporting that Trump is expected to choose Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state.

Anonymous said...

Anyong......and Tim Mellon is clapping his hands with true excitement.