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Australia's Great Barrier Reef on Brink of Collapse


Environment  (tags: coral reefs, destruction, conservation, environment, ecosystems, protection, nature, habitat, science, world, green )

Cal
- 784 days ago - ipsnews.net
Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is dying, and little will be left less than 10 years. More than half of the coral in the 2,300 km long reef has died over the past 27 years, according to a scientific survey released Monday.



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Monica D. (580)
Monday October 1, 2012, 11:36 pm
This sounds terrible. We have to stop this!
 

Monica D. (580)
Monday October 1, 2012, 11:36 pm
Thank you Cal, also, for the beautiful picture.
 

Edo R. (71)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 12:48 am
Thanks for sharing!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 3:47 am
Sadly noted.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 6:16 am
Thanks.
 

Roger M. (0)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 8:11 am
Yeah, I heard this on the BBC this morning. It's genuinely shocking, isn't it?
 

Adam Hamilton (1)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 11:26 am
wow
 

Jason S. (57)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 11:46 am
thanks, good posting
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 12:14 pm
Thanks , terrible !
 

Barbara Sugerman (0)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 12:18 pm
Spread this information !!
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 12:24 pm
thx
 

Christeen Anderson (538)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 12:25 pm
What can we do? Please help. Thank you.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 12:44 pm
This is a major disaster. We must reverse it as much as possible!
 

Dave C. (224)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 1:15 pm
very sad....we are destroying our planet.....
 

chris b. (37)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 1:23 pm
it makes me sick to read this. Surely Australians should be taking care of this. They are right there. What must we do to stop this? It's a horrible situation.
 

Jane H. (138)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 1:47 pm
Tragic
 

Yvonne White (232)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 1:52 pm
OMG! Have we waited too long already??
 

David Menard (43)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 2:12 pm
ecosystems around the globe are collapsing this is another tragic example of human caused extinction.
.
 

Clifton Jackson (124)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 2:41 pm
Damn!! We need this Reef!!!
 

Ana Fontan (16)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 2:46 pm
Too bad, I can´t believe that, as a world heritage it must be saved before it´s too late!
 

michelle t. (41)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 3:01 pm
I am sick of vile humans and their destruction of the environment and murder of poor defenceless animals
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 3:45 pm
So sad.
 

Eternal Gardener (738)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 5:04 pm
...I know and still the majority is still convinced money is the highest good... turns my stomach to feel soo powerless against this!
 

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 5:23 pm
EARTH CRY video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jppmMcjgWS0
 

louise Woychesko (1)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 6:52 pm
Some of the damage has occurred naturally as mentioned in the article. But instead of trying to reverse the damage they will allow more marine traffic. Disaster waiting to happen. How sad!
 

Sara T. (3)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 8:03 pm
How awful this news is. When will humans to something to stop this destruction before it's too late? Most environmental destruction is due to us.
 

Ge M. (218)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 8:10 pm
I find it difficult to believe that this was not recognised, so many nature programmes have been saying this for several years. First of all the oceans are becoming more acidic causing damage to the coral. Pollution in the water damages the cora as well as killing the fish. Pesticide etc run off is a well known problem and can be reduced, even with this new terrible flooding, if provisions are made. Thorns starfish have been a terrible problem for many years.

Now they are talking about an oil platform or something whch will add terrible pollution as we all know that it is impossible to clear up an oil spill and it hangs around the environment and kills.

A new danger are these huge fishing ships which just strip the bottom of the ocean upwards of all living creatures. These should be banned everywhere because of the terrible state of the fish stocks, they cannot continue to cope with the terrible depredations being made on them. If a petition had not been sent in then one would be fishing there now.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 8:23 pm
It is up to each of us to stop eating animals now.
Acidification of the oceans, coral reef death, dead zones are due to animal waste, excrement, hormones and "cides" from the GMO crops.
5 lbs of wild-caught fish to produce 1 pound of farmed fish. The diets of meat eaters create 7x the greenhouse emissions as the diet of vegans.
Nearly half of all water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals for human food.
It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat.
1 pound of wheat takes 25 gallons.
You'd save more water by not eating one lb of meat than you would by not taking a shower for 6 months.
A vegan diet requires 300 gallons of water per day vs. meat-eating diet which requires 4,000 gallons per day.
Animals raised for food create 89,000 lbs of excrement per second, none of which benefits from the waste-treatment facilities human excrement does.
Chicken, Hog, and Cattle excrement has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states.
Raising animals for human food uses 30% of the Earth's land mass. That's about the same size as Asia! The moon has less area than that, at 14.6 million sq miles.
 

Juliette Calderone (91)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 11:20 pm
Shared and noted
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 12:35 am
We should be halting excess fossil-fuel burning, stopping agricultural run-off, halting overfishing, stopping shipping pollution, etc, to look after the oceans.

Maybe this area should be an MPA with limited tourist access. Tourist boats can't be helping much.
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 3:46 am
Noted. I wish this could be stopped if not delayed.
 

Ruth S. (304)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 4:41 am
How sad that it has come to this!
 

Michela m. (3949)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 4:54 am


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Barbara Erdman (63)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 6:33 am
Noted and Thnx Cal :-0 Thnx for the Original post Michela :-0..
 

Anna M. (18)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 8:26 am

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
Chief Seattle, 1854
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When all the trees have been cut down,
When all the animals have been hunted,
When all the waters are polluted,
When all the air is unsafe to breathe,
Only then will you discover
You cannot eat money.
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It was not given to you by your parents,
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Susan T. (14)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 3:23 pm
As I have been telling so often in the past and on Care2 as well. When the seas and the oceans die, so do we.
Pls. do not take my word for it, only read Rachael Carson's: "The Sea Around Us", I read this book when I was ten years of age. Copy written in 1941. She tells of Global warming even back then, which most have ignored to this day.
 

Klaus Peters (13)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 11:22 am
This is difficult to comprehend, now mining and oil want to go in there to kill the reef off altogether. To them it is worthless only $$$$$$. Our present Labor government is doing nothing to protect 'The Great Barrier Reef' They look at the $ and re election , another loss of an Australian and WORLD icon and nobody seems to care.
Another piece of world heritage gone, I am totally dejected and hope polititions will have to pay the price, and GOD help me , they will. Faith is stronger than $$$$$$$$$$$$, it is up to us. We have to voice our feelings and change the path of destruction that governnments and multinationals force on to us. We, the simple people have to stop the destruction of our planet, because we care and are the people to save our planet and we are the ones to suffer if we don't. Governments, polititions, multinationals etc. are opportunists and will destroy us all. God help us and protect us from that scum.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Friday October 5, 2012, 12:40 pm
No words
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday October 8, 2012, 3:18 pm
Very sad.
 

Yvonne F. (177)
Friday October 12, 2012, 7:21 am
Horrific!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Cal for sharing
 

michael sullivan (1022)
Monday October 22, 2012, 12:43 pm
we need to do everything we can to preserve/protect the great barrier reef and its marine life!
 
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