Coral reefs are rapidly degrading due to multiple pressures triggered by climate change effects.
The risk of an extinction of the reefs in the world is more than ever real and this requires urgent and rapid actions to reduce global warming. Thermal stress during marine heatwaves disrupts the symbiotic relationship between corals and their algal symbionts, causing the corals to lose their color. Bleached corals suffer physiological damages and prolonged bleaching often leads to high levels of coral mortality. Unluckily the cumulative, combined footprint of the last major bleaching events now covers almost the entire Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. To steer coral reefs through the next century, we will need to be bold, aware of their importance and most of all responsible of our actions as human being part of this wonderful planet called Earth.
Author: Giacomo d'Orlando is an Italian documentary photographer currently based in New Zealand.
He begun his career of professional photographer in 2011, when he was 21, working for a photographic studio in his born city, Verona.
After more than 3 years spent in the advertising photography industry, he decided to follow his true passion, the documentary photography. For this purpose, in 2015 he decided to move to Nepal where he begun his first long-term project about the Gender Based Violence. Since that time he specialize himself documenting social issues and environmental problems while occasionally is working for travel magazines.
In the last years he has been living in Nepal, Peru, Austrlia and now is currently living in New Zealand, where is carrying on a long term project about the Refugees of the Climate Change.
His purpose is report the social and environmental issues that our world is going through nowadays, giving to the people who don’t have the chance to travel the chance to raise their awareness about these important topics.