As much as 30% of the of the Great Barrier Reef is facing destruction if the world fails to meet emission reduction targets outlined in the Paris Agreement.
The report, published by the University of New South Wales, found that “virtually all” coral reefs will start to die off in the advent of a 2C increase to global temperatures, lead researcher Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick.
The report comes after the International Panel on Climate Change issued its most dire report to date, outlining the grim future faced by the planet if business-as-usual carbon emissions continue.
Dr Perkins-Kirkpatrick was quick to point out that there is a “good chance” of saving as much as 10-30 per cent of current coral ecosystems if warming is kept at 1.5C.
Acting Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Senator Penny Wong, was scathing in recent comments to the press over the Government’s response.
“At 1.5C we lose 70-90% of the world’s warm coral reefs (on top of loss to date). There will be more extreme hot days, and more extreme droughts,” Senator Wong Said.