Researchers at James Cook University in Australia have found that the Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its organisms since 1995, and its ability to regenerate is under threat. Extensive at 2.3 thousand km, the reef has suffered five mass distractions in the last 25 years. It is the effect of climate change.
Record temperatures have led to the massive fading of a large part of the reef. Scientists thought the Great Barrier Reef was protected because of its huge size, but the study found that even the largest and relatively well-protected system was increasingly under threat. According to experts, the damage is so severe that the reef’s ability to rebuild and regenerate is jeopardized by the diminishing number of reproductive corals.