7 homes for sale in Ireland that are RIGHT on the water
7 homes for sale in Ireland that are RIGHT on the water

Lauren Heskin

Ask The Expert: Surrogacy in Ireland – legally, what do I need to know?
Ask The Expert: Surrogacy in Ireland – legally, what do I need to know?

Karen Tobin

‘When your business is in design, good camera quality is essential’: Siobhan Lam on running interiors business April and the Bear
‘When your business is in design, good camera quality is essential’: Siobhan Lam on running...

Lauren Heskin

‘Comparing women and men’s sport goes against the spirit of, well, sport’
‘Comparing women and men’s sport goes against the spirit of, well, sport’

Edaein OConnell

6 steps to improve your gut health, according to a gastroenterologist
6 steps to improve your gut health, according to a gastroenterologist

IMAGE

Tokyo controversies: It’s 2021, why can’t the Olympics get it right?
Tokyo controversies: It’s 2021, why can’t the Olympics get it right?

Sarah Finnan

Tokyo 2020: When the Irish Olympic team are competing and how to watch them
Tokyo 2020: When the Irish Olympic team are competing and how to watch them

Sarah Finnan

‘Love Island’ is finally love islanding and last night’s episode was full of drama
‘Love Island’ is finally love islanding and last night’s episode was full of drama

Sarah Finnan

Glossier Solar Paint is your cheat for natural sun-kissed skin
Glossier Solar Paint is your cheat for natural sun-kissed skin

Holly O'Neill

Olympian swimmer “disappointed” she had to leave breastfeeding son at home
Olympian swimmer “disappointed” she had to leave breastfeeding son at home

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

A new report reveals that the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef has deteriorated to “very poor”


by Amanda Cassidy
30th Aug 2019

An Australian government report has just warned that the only chance to save the future of the Great Barrier Reef is “now”. 


It was my first snorkelling experience and I was blown away. My backpacking trip to Australia started with a bang as we trekked up and down the East coast, discovering coves and beaches, tiny fishing towns and huge sun-shimmering metropolis.

But it was out trip for five days out on the Great Barrier Reef that I’ll never forget. The crystal waters, the abundance of colourful fish and sea creatures, against a backdrop of vibrant coral and clear skies pulled tight like blue silk.

Related: “Overwhelming”: Greta Thunberg arrives in New York by sea

But now this amazing natural wonder is under more threat than previously thought.

A five-year report into its future has discovered that the coral reefs have deteriorated so much that there is a widespread habitat loss that is affecting the entire sea cycle.

“Very poor”

The report carried out by The Great Barrier Reef’s Marine Park Authority warned that its decline has gone from “poor” to “very poor” and that unless there is urgent national and global action to address the climate crisis, we may lose it forever.

Climate change is the biggest threat faced by the reef which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Rising ocean temperatures mean coral bleachings and cyclones have impacted the reef causing habitat loss and degradation. It means that the size of the reef is a less effective buffer to more cumulative impacts.

Environment Minister, Sussan Leay says that the outlook was now considered “very poor” but that it was something “we can change and are committed to changing”.

Data from this latest report will now be used as part of the information that makes up the Unesco World Heritage committee when it looks into the reef’s health and status in 2020.

Meanwhile, Professor at James Cook University Jon Brodie pointed out that the progress with the reef wasn’t enough and that his country was failing to protect it sufficiently. Speaking to the Guardian, he said; “Overall, there is very little good to report whatsoever.”

Image via Unsplash.com 

 Read more: Is having fewer children really the answer to our climate crisis?
Read more: How to talk to your children about climate change
Read more: Why Greta Thunberg is the climate idol our world needs

Also Read

stress
EDITORIAL
Are you up the walls? How the language of stress causes stress

Do you find yourself talking about how busy and stressed you are? With stress, the words we speak are like...

By Sophie White

Has society become more tolerant of the idea of dating interracially?
premium IMAGE WRITES, REAL-LIFE STORIES, RELATIONSHIPS
Interracial dating: “People kept asking ‘where is she from?'”

With diversity on the rise, what struggles do interracial couples continue to face today? Filomena Kaguako speaks to three couples about their experiences.

By Filomena Kaguako

EDITORIAL
The Howth train attack represents a lawlessness that makes me fear for my daughters

I fear the true fallout of Covid on our cities is just getting started, writes Amanda Cassidy As the pandemic...

By Amanda Cassidy

EDITORIAL
‘We have not heeded the warnings sufficiently’: The health emergency we’ve ignored while focusing on the pandemic

The climate change debate has been going on for so long its become white noise. But this week, the effects...

By Amanda Cassidy

EDITORIAL
‘Quite interesting’: Princess Anne comments on The Crown

We’ve all heard that the royal family don’t exactly gather round to watch The Crown, but one member has shared...

By Jennifer McShane

EDITORIAL
There is something uncomfortable about Kate Garraway sharing her husband’s desperate Covid texts

We are used to celebrities oversharing their lives. But sharing someone else’s as they fight for their life might be...

By Amanda Cassidy

EDITORIAL
‘In a public health emergency, why does so much of the post-pandemic talk revolve around drinking?’

No other European country is having the same public order challenges our capital city is experiencing, writes Amanda Cassidy I...

By Amanda Cassidy