This special edition, dedicated to coral reef research, is produced in partnership with the University of Bremen, the hosts of the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2021). Read more
14 scientists warn of the catastrophic consequences of global warming in the journal "Advances in Atmospheric Science". Since 1970, more than 90% of global warming has flowed into the oceans. The rest warmed the land surface and the atmosphere. In 2019, the world's oceans were as warm as never before since measurements began. Read more
The fair WISSENSWERTE is the most important forum for science journalism in the German-speaking world. In cooperation with the ICRS 2021 and the University of Bremen, participating media professionals can inform themselves about coral reefs at four events.
On Monday, 25 November takes place around 5.15 – 6.00 p.m. with Professor Dr. Christian Wild a lecture to the topic „Coral reefs in the crisis“. In the evening of the same day the Wissenswerte invites to the "Night of the Coral Reefs" in the Botanika in Bremen from 6.30 p.m. onwards.
On Tuesday, 26 November from 2.00 – 3.30 p.m. Dr. Sebastian Ferse will give a lecture on "People and Reefs".
And on Wednesday, 27 November from 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. interested participants can take part in the excursion to the University of Bremen to Faculty 2 Biology and Chemistry. Topic of the excursion: "Dive down once - the threatened world of coral reefs".
The report mentions the threat to coral reefs in several places and points out in particular that even a warming of 1.5°C poses a major risk to these ecosystems. The original quote: "Warm water corals are already at high risk and are likely to become very high-risk, even though global warming is limited to 1.5°C."
The more than 2600 abstracts submitted from 98 countries show that the ICRS 2020 is meeting with great interest among the scientific community.
Every five years, the Australian government publishes a report on the location of the Great Barrier Reefs World Heritage Site. Never before has the government described the situation so negatively: "The concentrated pressure, especially from climate change, together with the time needed for the recovery of the main ecosystem life forms, species and processes, have led to a continued deterioration of the
health of the Great Barrier Reef. Even with the recent initiatives to manage the reef to reduce the threat and increase resilience, the outlook for the reef is very poor," said Ian Poiner of the Australian government's Marine Park Authority. So far, the government has tended to gloss over the situation. This assessment came as a surprise, as the Australian government is made up of numerous climate change sceptics and pursues a climate-damaging coal policy, among other things. Photo: Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef