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Marlon Kobacker Reviews Efforts to Stem Impact of Climate Change on Great Barrier Reef

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Marlon Kobacker Reviews Efforts to Stem Impact of Climate Change on Great Barrier Reef

Marlon Kobacker climate changeIn what has to be one of the greatest and most catastrophic effects of global climate change and rising ocean temperatures, the Great Barrier Reef has continued to suffer from an unparalleled bleaching event that has seen half of the northern section’s corals die off. Marlon Kobacker, a sustainable design expert who recently began a new venture known as Sustainable Future Group, notes that several projections indicate that the bleaching event is likely to continue for the next two decades as ocean temperatures continue to rise unabated.

The consequences of such a massive loss of corals from the Great Barrier Reef go well beyond the loss of a magnificent and beautiful example of ocean life, as the reef is a central component of a larger ecosystem that could be irreparably harmed by its destruction. While the situation appears to be increasingly dire, Kobacker has pointed out that the scientific community has made progress on some potential solutions to this issue of global consequence. Through a process in which new, fast-growing corals are grafted onto existing reefs, environmental scientists are hoping that they can save these critical barrier reefs before they are lost for good.

While it is indeed heartening to learn that efforts are underway to hopefully salvage these coral reefs, it is worth noting that the existence of a scientific solution does not reduce the need to also address the root cause of the problem, which is the rising ocean temperatures caused by climate change. The coral grafts represent what is likely to be a temporary solution rather than a permanent one, so addressing the major issue of global climate change ought to remain the primary focus.

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