For the third time in five years hit the coral reef the Great Barrier Reef hard by rising sea temperatures.

The australian coral reef the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest of its kind, has again been hit by the big blegningsskader.

so says The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). It is the authorities who have responsibility for the area.

The world-renowned coral reef located at the Australia’s northeastern coast. It covers an area larger than Italy, and it represents one of the ecosystems on the planet with the greatest biodiversity.

however, It is also threatened by climate change, which means higher temperatures.

The latest injury marks the third time in five years that it 344.000 sq km large coral reefs are being hit hard.

In the year to rising sea temperatures in February hit particularly hard.

the GBRMPA reports that “some southern areas, which had no or only a little bleaching in 2016 and 2017, now is experiencing moderate or extensive bleaching”.

The usually colorful corals at risk to become bleached if exposed to higher temperatures than normal. Often they will recover when the temperatures fall, but they also run the risk of completely dying.

A study from 2018 shows that corals need about ten years to recover after major disturbances, if the circumstances are favorable.

It is not only the bleaching, which has affected the Great Barrier Reef.

An outbreak of a particular starfish that eats coral reefs, as well as damage from coastal development and the cyclones have also caused great damage.

the united nations has warned that if global temperatures increase by 1.5 degrees, then 90 percent of the world’s coral to die. In august, the Great Barrier reef’s outlook for the first time described as “very poor”.

/ritzau/dpa