Thursday, March 16, 2017

Great Barrier Reef is Dying


Summary: Huge sections of the Great Barrier Reef, stretching across hundreds of miles of its most pristine northern sector, were recently found to be dead, killed last year by overheated seawater. Professor Hughes says, “Climate change isn’t a future threat, due to it happening for 18 years. Many of the corals in the reef are highly sensitive to even the slightest change in temperature. The Great Barrier Reef corals are dying of because the reef is getting hotter as we go through the years. The reef has increased in 1.5 degrees, as said previously coral die to even the slightest increase in temperature, therefore the Great Barrier Reef is losing all of its inhabitants.


Connection: Dust Bowl, the dust bowl impacted the area in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico Colorado, Kansas (about 100,000,000 acres in total). These two connect to each other due to the climate change, and it either killing off people/ coral, or making them leave.

Questions: Do you think we can do anything to prevent this from being any worse? Do you think this will affect any other parts of the ocean? If so, how fast do you think it will spread?

11 comments:

  1. We should try establishing any sort of law or decree that can prevent climate change because there is nothing else we can do. We have many programs protecting wildlife, but we need to try and convince everyone. If we don't, this issue will become worse and it will be too late to fix it. This potentially affects other parts of the ocean because all oceans and seas are connected to one another. It will probably take time to affect other parts of the ocean, but that is the time we should take to fix this.

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  2. I absolutely agree that we need legislation to protect our oceans. I think we use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fix this. I also think there should be an effort made by the UN or other international body to save our oceans. We should also stop dumping trash in the seas! This seems incredibly simple to fix - just don't do it! Investing in renewable or recyclable/compostable material could also assist in this.

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  3. I think that this is a serious problem that involves the whole world. If we want to make a positive impact, all countries must be involved with the effort and societal changes. I think if we keep letting these major changes happen, it will soon be too late, so we must at least start to address these problems.

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  4. We can prevent this. Today in career day i learned the Earth is getting hotter and hotter because heat is getting caught in the atmosphere due to companies releasing all these chemicals in the air. By going green we can stop this.It will gradually get worse over the years.

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    1. I agree that going green would be a good idea. But how could ultimately make everyone cooperate in this world changing event?

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  5. I believe this is a matter that will include the entire world and its waters. If something good were to come out, many and most countries should cooperate with each other to resolve this issue. I also believe that when this is already happening, continuing to let this happen even though we all know about it will lead to an even greater problem.

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  6. We can try to be more conservative to preserve our oceanic wildlife. It will help the health of the animals even though we cannot directly end climate change. I think this issue will most definitely affect other parts of the world. It might even be soon because climate change is happening now and fast

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  7. I think we can take more action and bring more awareness about this issue to prevent it from further affecting reefs.This will affect other reefs since the previous inhabitants will move into other reefs which will either overpopulate or run out of resources.This will have a rapid domino effect if not controlled

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  8. I don't think we can prevent it because the climate would always change and it would get hot and or cold no matter what we do. i do think it is going to spread.

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  9. i dont think we can prevent this because we have no way in preventing climate change. Over the years climate will change even more so the coral would die. I think this is going to spread.

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  10. In a way we can try and stop terrible change by being more eco friendly, but this probably will continue to happen because people dont see a need to change..

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