Great Barrier Reef to die in 20 years

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.
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.



  1. This is Gyatso. Comment for Anonymous March 23, 2012 7:24 AM I agree that coral reef crises is sontihemg far beyond Tibetans wearing coral jewelry, but it’s seems you agree Tibetans are part of the problem. I believe one factory and one car is not the only cause for the global warming but it is a part of cause. Coral may be an iconic element of Tibetan Culture, maybe not, it is a debatable. You may say wildlife animal skins decorated Tibetan dress is a Tibetan iconic element. But Tibetan people did not want that. Of course Tibet’s environment is abused but you and I driving a gasoline car also help causing global warming and glacier melting in Tibet. Even the computer you are using right now is part of the cause of global warming. We all are guilty. I am not making a statement that Tibetans are the cause of global warming or not. But I am encouraging Tibetan people, as individuals, what we can do to help the planet and help our individual families.Coral has been in Tibetan culture for centuries. But after Tibetan quit wildlife skin, coral jewelry is becoming competition and status; even they don’t have income to send your child to college in Tibet. Once someone gets married in the family, almost of all income of the year has to spend on coral jewelry. Many other families have to borrow money to buy coral jewelry. There many situations, if one child gets married and the other child have to drop school because of finical situation. I hope you are aware of some of these satiation in Tibet. Recently I went to Tibet and I saw so much of coral jewelries at the market owned by Chinese Muslims. Only Tibetans will buy and wear it for show-off. It will not help their education. It will not help their health issues. Also it will not help economy of Tibetan people. Only hurts individual Tibetan family financial. I don’t think we should show-off coral jewelry. I don’t’ think is a smart. In case of incense example; in some cases the incenses will cause illness but sometimes will help to heal illness. Every satiation is different in every circumstance. I am not mixing everything together.If Tibetans quit coral, it will help the planet and help for individual Tibetan family by financially. I hope Tibetans will quite coral send child to school.

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  3. it is our fault and it if dies we will be affected, all the houses on the beachside where the great barrier reef is situated will be washed away by massive wave that are usually stopped by the great barrier reef. so mayby you should try to help.

  4. we are the fault we send in so much pollution into the GBR that the corals are getting stressed and dying for example soil from farms, sunsreen off our bodies, oil spills, development on the shore and so much more.Somethings are happening naturally like the crown-of-thorns starfish and yes you can’t stop that but we do have fault in this

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