With the southern hemisphere experiencing the heat of the season, Australia’s ongoing hot summer is reportedly inflicting great harm to the largest natural feature on Earth — Great Barrier Reef. University of Queensland scientists claim to be concerned global warming is risking the entire reef with destruction! Visited by more than 2 million tourists annually, the Reef stretches more than 1,400 miles along the northeastern coast of Australia, covering more than 186,000 square miles.
“No one with any credibility in this field doubts that we’re seeing the first signs of a major change in an ecosystem due to climate change,” Coral reef expert Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg told the ABC. “It simply underscores the absolutely critical importance of getting global greenhouse emissions under control because we could end up with a world where we don’t have the Great Barrier Reef — that would be an absolute tragedy”, he added.