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SOARING carbon emissions could cause the death of the Great Barrier Reef in as little as three decades, says a group of eminent environmental scientists.
"Most coral reefs will not cope with the rising temperatures in the Earth's atmosphere," Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said. "If you look at the current rate of emissions rising in the atmosphere they're rising at such a rate now that we're at the upper end of the scenario.
"If current carbon dioxide emission trends continue, then even the most conservative estimates predict global temperature increases of two degrees or more by the end of the century.
"One more degree warmer and we have coral bleaching and it's when corals gets sick. Two degrees of warming and you're at the threshold where coral will die in great numbers and become very rare."
Originally posted by Oneshot1
As everything in this world, life and death, change and adaptation happen and while it is popular(read media hype) now to blame it on human activity, a quick look at the history of earth will show MANY huge changes in climate, and the critters that did/didnt make it. The GBR, if it dies off, will be re-born in a few 10,000 years...