Not Really Dead
Outside Magazine reported earlier last week that “the Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old.” The Great Barrier Reef is actually not really dead, though it is in danger of extinction. This is because of bleaching, which is when coral is put in extreme stress from climate change, turning them white. People have been mourning this apparent loss on social media since the article was published. Russel Brainard, chief of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program of the NOAA, says that the article might have been exaggerating to show how urgent the situation is. But scientists are worried that this might convince the public that it is too late to help, which it isn’t. The Reef can still be saved.
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