The world's corals, including the Great Barrier Reef, can be saved but only with concerted efforts to coordinate management, recalibrate research and enact steep curbs to carbon emissions, scientists say.
|Researchers led by Terry Hughes say time is running|
out to save what’s left of the world’s reefs.
The urgency is driven in part by unprecedented bleaching from marine heatwaves that have triggered the death of about 50 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef's corals in the past two summers alone.
The impacts have come even though tropical waters have warmed by about 0.57 degrees between 1880 and 2015, well shy of the average global temperature increase of 0.88 degrees. Assuming nations fulfil their Paris climate summit pledges to keep warming to well below 2 degrees, reefs "will be able to secure a future," Professor Hughes said.
Read Peter Hannam’s story in today’s Melbourne Age - “‘No time to lose': Scientists eye a blueprint to save the Great Barrier Reef.”