Dinner Table Conversation: What Would Nemo Think?

May 11, 2018

Australia is home to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. But recent news from the coral reef has not been the most encouraging, to say the least. The Great Barrier Reef is losing much of its coral population. Once called “the greatest living treasure,” the Great Barrier Reef has suffered two major “bleaching” events, or events where some activity causes the coral reef to lose its color and diversity, rendering the reef a quickly disappearing treasure.

This month, the Australian government announced that it would spend 500 million Australian dollars to help restore the coral reef. The news was met with jubilation and excitement, especially from the scientific community.

So how exactly will the money be used? There are three main areas of focus: limiting pollution, restoring habitats, and impeding starfish from destroying the corals. Authorities also want to make sure people follow the rules when it comes to preserving the coral reef, and like many habitats around the world, global warming is a key factor. Critics of the effort question the value of spending so much money on protecting the reef … but might these steps help the oceans from getting warmer and thereby worsening the problem?

What do you want to know about this Great Barrier Reef conservation project?

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