Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on Brink of CollapseSubmitted by Bob-45 on Wed, 10/03/2012 - 07:24
By Stephen Leahy
MONTEREY, California, U.S., Oct 1 2012 (IPS) - Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is dying, and little will be left less than 10 years. More than half of the coral in the 2,300 km long reef has died over the past 27 years, according to a scientific survey released Monday.
Unless Australians act with urgency, only five to 10 percent of the 3,000 individual coral reefs off the eastern coast of Australia will remain, according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“We are losing an entire ecosystem in the best-managed coral reef system in the world,” said Katharina Fabricius of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and study co-author.
“This is the first thorough analysis of all the survey data on the GBR (Great Barrier Reef),” Fabricius told IPS.