Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Science / Environment

Submerged Conscience

  • Photographer
    Giacomo D'Orlando
  • Agency / Studio

The risk of an extinction of the reefs in the world is more than ever real and this requires rapid actions to reduce global warming. During the last years, AIMS with the joined work of JCU and ARC researchers, is developing a significant project about assisted evolution, creating hybrid corals more resilient to bleaching events. The scientists are studying a heat-resistant strain, a "Super-Coral" that could withstand the rising ocean temperatures. The breakthrough research raises hopes for one day to counteract some effects of coral bleaching, which are ravaging large parts of the reef.