Graphic toont de plekken waar de verbleking van het koraal het ergste was in 2016 en 2017, en een uitleg van koraalverbleking.
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Rif lijdt aan derde massale verbleking

By Jordi Bou

March 26, 2020 - Het Australische Groot Barrièrerif lijdt voor de derde keer in slechts vijf jaar aan massale verbleking. Warmere zeetemperaturen in de laatste maanden hebben naar men vreest geleid tot enorm koraalverlies.

The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest reef system, covers over 2,300km. A World Heritage site is recognised for its “enormous scientific and intrinsic importance”.

The reef has only just begun to recover after being heavily hit by two consecutive years of coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017.

The earlier events hit two-thirds of the reef system, wiping out coral populations and destroying habitats for other sea life.

In 2019, Australia downgraded the reef’s five-year outlook from poor to very poor, due to the impact of human-induced climate change.

PUBLISHED: 26/03/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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