Climate Change and the reef

Climate change is a hot topic (if you’ll pardon the pun), and while arguments continue about the causes and solutions, the reality is that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are accumulating in the atmosphere, and human, animal, and plant communities are starting to feel the effects.

This is not intended to be a comprehensive look at how climate change will affect marine life, but here are a few key ways in which climate change may affect the Great Barrier Reef. Click on each topic to learn more.

  • Coral Bleaching

  • Ocean Acidification

  • Rising Sea-level

  • How Climate Change may affect Sea Turtles


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Coral Bleaching

There are roughly 400 species of corals on the Great Barrier Reef, and most of them have a symbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae algae – a microscopic plant that lives inside the tissue of the coral in exchange for providing the coral with up to 90% of its energy requirements. Like most plants, zooxanthellae photosynthesize – using sunlight …

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