The Australian government has released an update to its Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, and unfortunately it does not make for good news.

According to the latest update the Great Barrier Reef is going to “collapse” due to the effects of climate change on the environment. One of the most damaging aspects of climate change is coral bleaching which is arguably the greatest threat to the coral ecosystem.

According to the report, scientists have stated that ocean temperature rises have to be kept to below 1.5 degrees C/2.7 degrees F to reduce bleaching. In addition as part of the Reef 2050 plan, the government has set out key targets aimed at securing the future of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a budget of AU$500 million/~US$370 million/~316 million Euros for the year 2018/2019.

You can view the Reef 2050 plan here.

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