What's wrong with the patient?
The corals of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) need food to grow. They take this from the water. In simple terms, they have to swim in a "food mash" of calcium, CO2 and water. However, this mush has been drying up for several years for various reasons. One is that - due to increasing drought - not enough calcium is washed out of the groundwater and transported into the sea. Secondly, less and less calcium can dissolve in the sea in the form necessary for the corals. This is due to the rising water temperature and the excessively acidic pH value of the water.
How can the patient be helped? Relatively simple: feeding.
According to scientific studies* it is possible to enable the reef to heal itself. To do this, you have to make the food mash artificially and let it flow into the sea. What do you need for the mash? Sea water, limestone and CO2. There is enough sea water and limestone. Concentrated CO2 is more difficult to obtain. But fortunately the industry is collecting more and more CO2, which can be used. For example, the coal-fired power plants in the GBR area can feed the reef and help to reduce CO2 emissions.
The solution to save the GBR is scientifically proven!
The technical implementation is feasible!
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* NATURE; Vol. 531; 2016: "Reversal of ocean acidification enhances net coral reef calcification"
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS; 7:10732; DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10732; 2016: "The exposure of the Great Barrier Reef to ocean acidification"