The social distancing measure imposed by the government had a beneficial impact on the environment. Because most of the industrial fabrics were shot down due to the lockdown period, a decrease in the pollution levels that were threatening the wildlife has been observed all over the world.
Even though there has been a time of relief for the wildlife, unfortunately, the damage that was already done still has an impact on the ecosystems. The effect of climate dangers is the most visible in Australia, affecting the most extensive reef system on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef, commonly referred to as the seventh natural wonder.
In the past 30 years, the Great Barrier Reef has lost more than 50% of its coral variety. The World Wildlife Fund has declared that the species of corals have undergone mass coral bleaching and outbreaks of deadly starfish caused by pollution.
Using cloud brightening technique to save the Great Barrier Reef
A group of scientists has started their journey trying to save this wonder of nature from becoming extinct. Their ambitious project is called the cloud brightening, and it aims to protect the corals from the catastrophic effects of global warming. They are hoping that this idea is going to be helpful in other fields as well.
The idea of the project is to make the clouds reflect more sunlight, determining a cooling down the procedure for the waters around the reef. Salt crystals were spread in the ocean waters with the help of a fan and a boat. The experiment has proven to be a success, even though the research is still a theory because the researchers still need a couple more years to develop their strategy.
The scientists are hoping that the impact on the ecosystem would reduce the bleaching stress by 70%. However, the scientists are warning that if we keep harming the environment as it was done before the lockdown measure, the total collapse of the Great Barrier Reef is imminent.