A decade after it began, the first edition of the book The Great Barrier Reef is a complete mess.
The Reef Watch, by the former director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Ian Sinclair, has been released for free online, but for those who want to dive deeper into the story, the latest edition is available in print.
“What you’ve got in the paperback is a good introduction to what’s happening,” said Sinclair.
He was in the same position a decade ago, when the book was first published, when he wrote the first version.
“I think the book did something for the reef at that time.
I was very keen to write a good book for the next book.”
It’s a book that’s been around since 2006 and will be in print for the rest of the year.
But it’s not just a history of the Great Barrier.
It’s also a story about the world’s oceans, and how humans have changed them.
“There are two big issues in the book,” said Sinclair.
They are the effects of climate change, which has driven global sea level rise to more than 2 metres since 1950, and the impact of human-caused pollution, including carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide.
Sinclair says there are more than 50 different species of fish, and says they are not being protected as much as they should.
There’s a reason why the Great Barrens is considered a biodiversity hotspot, he said.
And it’s partly because of the CO2 pollution.
“It’s partly due to the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere,” he said, “and partly because we’re burning coal and burning wood and other fossil fuels.”
So it’s a combination of both things.
“The Great Barrier is the world-renowned coral reef system, with a coral canopy of up to 90 metres.
But it is under threat from human activity, especially in the Great Lakes, and has been a hotspot for the spread of the superbug superbus.
The Great Barriers’ population has fallen by more than 90 per cent over the last 20 years, and it’s estimated that by 2050, the population could be as low as 7,000.
In the past two decades, more than 300 species of coral have been wiped out.
Sinclair has also written a book called Coral Reefs, which looks at the impact on the Great Briers ecosystem.
So why has this happened?”
I don’t know,” said he.
It could be that it’s been too successful, and so people have stopped wanting to go there.
Or it could be people have decided that it isn’t worth the effort, and they’ve decided to leave.
Or it’s that there is no one else in the world who cares as much about the reef as they do.
For most people, the Great Barnacles Reef Watch is a “must read”, Sinclair said.”
The way that we do our research, we don’t ask, ‘is there anything else you might want to read?'” he said with a laugh.”
We have the books on our shelves that we put on the wall to read, and then we can pick it up when we’re out and about.
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