The Great Barrier is dying.
The world’s biggest coral reef is dying from climate change.
And the world’s greatest species is dying because it’s being driven out of its natural habitat by humans.
This week, a study found that at least three species are in danger of extinction, and one species is being wiped out in its entirety.
But what happens next?
That’s the question at the center of a new study published in Conservation Biology.
The study found what’s going on in the Great Barrier, and the future of the world, in the face of these threats.
“The Great Barrier’s great diversity and resilience make it one of the greatest protected ecosystems on Earth,” says Dr. Jonathan Rennie, a researcher with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Australia.
“However, it is also facing an unprecedented crisis of human impact on its habitat.
There are more than 10 million hectares (23 million acres) of coral reefs in Australia, with many more to come.
And now we know that the impacts are not only happening on land, but also on the water, in our oceans, in coastal waters, and in coral beds and reef areas.
We can see the impact from a few kilometres away, but it’s affecting hundreds of kilometres.
This is a rapidly changing landscape.”
As we’ve written before, climate change is a factor driving the loss of coral.
It is the result of a combination of changing ocean temperatures and increased greenhouse gas emissions.
As the planet warms, the oceans absorb more carbon dioxide, which drives the Earth’s climate.
When this happens, the ocean becomes warmer, and it warms the oceans.
As a result, the planet gets more acidic.
This leads to more water becoming trapped in the oceans, which eventually turns into carbon dioxide.
The more carbon is trapped in a water body, the more carbon it takes to push the carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
More acidity, and more coral die.
“In the ocean, the water is absorbing more carbon,” says Renni.
“If we have a more acidic environment, we will see a higher amount of carbon sink into the ocean.”
This can be seen in coral bleaching.
In the Great Australian Bight, where the Great Queensland Barrier Reef is located, the amount of coral in the area has decreased by 60 percent over the past 50 years, and there’s been a 40 percent increase in the number of bleaching events since 2006.
That means the ocean is getting more acidic, and less of the coral living in the reefs is able to survive.
“Coral reefs are dying because we are taking the most carbon from them, and that’s not going to stop until the oceans are completely carbon neutral,” says Chris Hargreaves, a coral reef scientist at the University of Queensland.
“It is a disaster waiting to happen.”
The study finds that the coral reef cover is declining in the Western and Northern Reefs, as well as in the Southern and Central Reefs.
The western and northern Great Barrier reefs have already lost more than 20 percent of their coral cover, with the southern Great Barrier now losing 50 percent of its reef cover.
As we noted in this space earlier this year, a large portion of the Great Bight is covered in coral reefs.
So the scientists are concerned about what happens to the Great Southern and Western Reefs in the next decade.
“Our coral reefs are not going anywhere,” says Hargremans.
The Southern and Eastern Great Barriers are also showing signs of decline. “
We’ve seen the Great Northern and Great Southern Reefs have lost 20 percent and 40 percent of reef cover in just a few years.
The Southern and Eastern Great Barriers are also showing signs of decline.
And it’s not just the Southern Great Barrier.”
So how can we protect our coral reefs?
“We need to take a global view and work together,” says John Lutz, a research scientist at Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.
“This is a global issue, and we need to look at all the species on the reef, the species that we’re dealing with in Australia’s Great Barrier reef and elsewhere.”
This is the research that’s being published this week in Conservation Biol.
It shows the potential for solutions, including protecting the Great Western and Southern Great Bights.
But as the scientists say, it’s a complex problem.
“As we’ve said before, the world is seeing a great loss of biodiversity and we have to take that into account,” says Lutz.
“I think that the Great Great Barrier has been a great asset to our world.
We’ve had many species in Australia since it was first discovered, and yet we’re seeing the Great Brisbane be destroyed because of climate change, and now we’re losing the Great South Sea.
It’s an extraordinary situation.
We need to think about all the different kinds of species that are here