This is very sad (actually terrifying) news not only for marine life lovers, but for everyone who cares about our mother Earth and the nature. The Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world, is to collapse within two decades due to the high concentration of carbon dioxide in the water, as The Times reported.
Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia. By In Veritas Lux
Charlie Veron, of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, quoted in the newspaper, says: "There is no way out, no loopholes. The Great Barrier Reef will be over within 20 years or so."
The scientists predict that as the water gets warmer and warmer, the coral ecosystems around the world will start disappearing by mid-century or earlier.
At present the CO2 level is at 387 parts per million (CO2 hit the concentration forecasted for between 2030 and 2060) and reefs were safe at 350ppm. When the level of carbon dioxide reaches between 480 and 500 parts per million, the reefs will be gone as it will be impossible for the corals to grow.
To see what's at stake check out the images of the reefs around the world here.
Read more on timesonline.co.uk