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The Australian Great Barrier Reef will need at least 20 years to recover from the damage caused by the impact suffered by the Chinese freighter Sheng Neng 1 on April 3, according to sources in the reef maritime park. The collision has caused a gap of three kilometers long and 250 meters wide in the coral formation, considered the largest living organism in the world, according to Efe. This reef extends over more than 2,500 kilometers and is one of the places designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

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The impact broke one of the tanks of the boat, which caused the spill of about four tons of fuel, of the 950 that it transported in total. The spill is already being dissolved with chemicals. In addition, the vessel contained another 68,000 tons of coal.

Although initially the gap over the Great Barrier Reef was about 100 meters, the strong winds of the area dragged the ship to cause the current scar. Sheng Neng 1 was refloated last Monday and moved to the Australian coast of Queensland. For this, it has been necessary to lighten the weight of the ship by moving its fuel reserve and approximately half of its coal load. Until then, the Chinese ship had been stranded on Douglas’s sandbar, near the reef.



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The area on which the freighter was sailing is restricted to ships to avoid such incidents. To pass through the waters of the reef, designated as a Specially Sensitive Marine Area, a license is required. However, the ship deviated from its authorized route to shorten the crossing. Just one day after the collision, the authorities of the maritime park of the coral reef detected another illegal incursion into the area by the MV Mimosa.

Millionaire Fines

The impact of Sheng Neng 1 has not only caused the damage caused by the spill and the destruction of the reef. In addition, part of the hull paint, designed to prevent barnacles from sticking, has been impregnated along the coral. This protective layer contains heavy metals that are toxic and affect the growth of marine life.

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Australian authorities are investigating the event to quantify the cost of damages. The owner company faces a possible fine of one million Australian dollars (680,000 euros) and the captain another of 220,000 dollars (150,000 euros). The Government has announced that it plans to increase fines for fuel spills to seven million euros.

On the other hand:

Energy retained in the oceans will return to the atmosphere and aggravate climate change

The increase in temperature of the planet is due to a mismatch between the energy that enters the atmosphere and that which leaves it. The part that remains on Earth is stored mostly in the oceans, which have accumulated 90% of this energy in the form of heat in the last 50 years. This reserve will return to the atmosphere at some point, which will aggravate climate change, according to an article published today in the journal Science.

Between 1961 and 2003, the temperature of the ocean rose 0.1 ° C to a depth of 700 meters. Although the increase seems slight, the amount of energy needed to heat a column of water of this volume is very important. “This heat will come to haunt us sooner or later,” says the lead author of the study, the researcher at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research Kevin Trenberth. “The truce we have had in recent years will not continue.”

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Between 2004 and 2008 the increase in ocean temperature has been reduced. However, the level of CO2 emissions has continued to increase since 2003. The authors state whether, apart from oceanic and atmospheric heat, there are other places where this “disappeared energy” is accumulating.

Since 1992 the sea level has increased by 3.2 millimeters each year. According to the authors, this rise is caused by this heat energy, which not only increases the temperature of the water, but also increases its volume due to the thaw. In addition, radiation focused on icy surfaces is causing it to melt, which is another store of heat energy. At the moment, the measures that exist on the heating of water and air are quite reliable. However, “it is essential to track the temperature rise in our climate system to understand what is happening and predict the future,” concludes Trenberth.

Blue Planet

. Images of species never filmed before such as the megaboca shark have been shown and experiments were carried out to visualize the rich life in charge of degrading the body of a whale on the seabed. The series includes aspects of marine life such as reproduction, food and the relationships established between its protagonists. This immeasurable effort required two years of filming. We are therefore facing an essential documentary series in any video library for its surprising quality in all areas. But nevertheless, The main value of it is to get a narrative discourse capable of engaging the viewer of all ages. A series that will fascinate us by the beauties it offers and by the clarity with which it shows the vital strategies that have developed in the vast oceans and the coast of our planet. From the tropics to the poles the marine life presented in this series does not leave any spectator indifferent no matter how sensitive it is to nature. A gift for our eyes in 500 minutes indispensable to learn to appreciate the marine environment. In short, to protect and conserve an ecosystem that should give its name to the planet sea. ” A series that will fascinate us by the beauties it offers and by the clarity with which it shows the vital strategies that have developed in the vast oceans and the coast of our planet. From the tropics to the poles the marine life presented in this series does not leave any spectator indifferent no matter how sensitive it is to nature. A gift for our eyes in 500 minutes indispensable to learn to appreciate the marine environment. In short, to protect and conserve an ecosystem that should give its name to the planet sea. ” A series that will fascinate us by the beauties it offers and by the clarity with which it shows the vital strategies that have developed in the vast oceans and the coast of our planet. From the tropics to the poles the marine life presented in this series does not leave any spectator indifferent no matter how sensitive it is to nature. A gift for our eyes in 500 minutes indispensable to learn to appreciate the marine environment. In short, to protect and conserve an ecosystem that should give its name to the planet sea. ”

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