Corals in the Great Barrier Reef Struggle to Stay Alive

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Story Description

Earth’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, has had record losses of coral in the last few years. A team of scientists estimate that an average of one-third of the corals along the entire Great Barrier Reef died between March and November of 2016. The global rise in greenhouse gas emissions has made ocean temperatures rise and has contributed to the number of coral that is dying, which is devastating for thousands of species that depend on the reef. Listen to hear more details about the loss of coral and the causes.

Listening Comprehension Questions

  • Why are the corals dying?
  • Why is recent loss of coral on the Great Barrier Reef concerning to scientists?
  • What is the role of education in the protection of coral reefs?
  • Describe two opinions about the loss of corals that are heard in this audio story.

Classroom Discussion Themes

  • Do you think that becoming a marine scientists is a good place to make a difference in the world? Why or why not?
  • What do you think people can do to help keep coral alive?

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