One a recent segment of Leading Edge on PBS, they talked about how climate change is destroying the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is about the half the size of Texas, but is steadily growing smaller and dying due to the oceans rising temperatures. Two thirds of the corals in the northern part Great Barrier Reef died off last year. This was considered the worst reef casualty in history. This year is predicted to be worse than the last. Because the algae in the reef is extremely sensitive to temperature, they begin to photosynthesize too fast and expel too much energy. Because the reef is home to over most marine life, the rapid death of the Great Barrier Reef is definitely a sign of worry. Watch the video here.
In the wake of reactionary rulings by the Supreme Court that seized a woman’s right to abortion after the Justices had unleashed potentially lethal freedoms to gun owners, one can only shudder at the prospect of the court’s upcoming decision on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).