As the world warms to its highest temperatures yet, The Guardian has published a list of the 10 species most in danger. Three of the 10 are found on the Great Barrier Reef.
Corals, sea turtles and the Bramble Cay melomys – a mosaic-tailed rat – took out first, fifth and seventh place respectively on The Guardian’s list of 10 species most at risk from climate change.
Staghorn coral and other corals topped the list because, “Coral is not merely a living species; it’s a miraculous ecosystem engineer, building elaborate and beautiful subterranean structures that provide food and shelter for so many other forms of life on Earth.”
Sea turtles – of which six out of the world’s seven species are found on the Great Barrier Reef – are said to face more problems from climate change than most. From rising seas and extreme weather eroding their nesting beaches, and changing ocean currents due to warming impacting the abundance of prey species, to hotter sands resulting in more sea turtles being born female and also causing nesting failure – that’s a lot of obstacles to overcome.