DIVERS CAN BATTLE BLEACHING
protection. If you’re a seasoned diver you’ll also know that coral reefs are dying faster than ever before. In the last 30 years we’ve lost half of our corals globally and, in 2016, a single bleaching event killed off 20 percent of coral on the Great Barrier Reef.
Divers have been witnessing mass bleaching events for decades across reefs in the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. These events have become more frequent and more devastating in recent years as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. Scientists predict that the resulting sea temperature rise will soon cause severe annual bleaching events. It takes at least five years, but usually much longer, for a reef to recover from a single
Whatever kind of diver you are, you’ll know that your next great dive depends on healthy coral reefs
bleaching event. Frequent and severe bleaching will inevitably cause major changes to the reef environment we know and love. Unless we take action now, we could lose most of our reefs to the impacts of climate change by 2050.
THE WINNERS AND LOSERS OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
But where do you start when the world is covered with over 294,000 square kilometres of coral reef? Cutting-edge