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Climate change impact on oceans: Analysis Updated: 2021-05-17 17:08:24 KST

Thanks to various efforts and wide use of the social media, the world is ever more aware of the impact of climate change and plastic waste on the oceans.
But not many have paid attention to the impact on the coral reefs.
A recent documentary that vividly portrays what rising sea temperature does to the corals has captured the global audience, raising the awareness of the life-threatening issue.
Dying coral reefs and its threat to humans it's the topic of our news in-depth tonight, let's talk about it.
Joining us live from Brisbane, Australia is Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Professor of Marine Studies at University of Queensland and Deputy Director of ARC Centre for Excellence for Reef Studies.

Could you first tell us what's happening to the world's coral reefs due to climate change?

There are many alarming reports that say up to 99 percent of corals at the Great Barrier Reef, that encompasses the world's largest coral reef system, is set for destruction unless prompt action is taken to reverse global warming. How immediate is the threat?

The ocean is known to absorb over one quarter of the carbon emissions humans generate. How significant is the role of coral reefs in absorbing the emissions?

What are some possible impact of dying coral reefs on marine life as well as humans?

Do you think enough is being done to save the coral reefs? There's no easy fix, but what would you say are some of the most effective ways to tackle the serious threat?

South Korea will host the P4G Summit next week. Any words you would like to add ahead of the global meeting?

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg joining us from Brisbane. Thank you. Appreciate your expertise.
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