DIVERS CAN BAT­TLE BLEACHING

Asian Diver (English) - - Man & Sea -

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

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