The Academy welcomes announcements regarding the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.
Recent marine heatwaves that resulted in damage to the coral cover in the shallow waters of the Great Barrier Reef highlight some of the consequences of a warming planet on this national icon.
While coral is important, it comprises about seven per cent of the Marine Park and the World Heritage Area. The rest is comprised of an extraordinary variety of habitats and species all of which are susceptible to global warming.
Support for projects that enhance resilience are welcome and necessary, but the only way to reduce the risk of unpredictable and dangerous outcomes for the Reef is to limit global warming as well as preventing environmental damage.
To sustain a functioning reef, there must be substantial action globally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and it is in Australia’s national interest to lead this change with real action.