50% Is Gone: The Greatest Reef in the World is Getting Smaller…

50% Is Gone: The Greatest Reef in the World is Getting Smaller...

Audrey K. , Staff Writer

Have you ever been to Australia and seen the biggest reef in the world?  One of its islands? Well, if you haven’t, you might want to plan a trip. 50% of the coral in the Great Barrier Reef is dead (or almost dead) due to rising ocean temperatures, coral bleaching, and global warming.

Hamilton Island

What is Coral Bleaching?

    Coral bleaching seems like a long process to us, but it only takes about a year or more. How it happens has to do with the symbiosis that is shared between a type of algae called zooanthellae and the 1500 different types of corals in the reef. The coral eats the algae that lives in it.

    The rising ocean temperatures have made coral bleaching more common. The overexposure to UV rays also causes this event. If things like this continue, there might only be six natural wonders of the world.

Things You Can Do

  The list of things you can do is endless. We’re not asking you to single handedly stop global warming, but here is a list of things you can do:

  1. Turn off lights, TVs, computers, when you do not need them
  2. Unplug devices such as toasters if you’re not using them-they still use electricity
  3. Instead of driving somewhere, walk! You’ll reduce the amount of pollution in the air (but not by a lot)
  4. Don’t turn your heater up when you’re the only one that is too cold. Put on warmer clothes or if you’re going  to bed, ask for a blanket.
  5. Recycle and compost!
  6. Shop at thrift stores! The factories making the new clothes release lots of greenhouse gases. If you just buy things from thrift stores, it is not only cheaper, it is recycling!!