Australia has made it official that it’s offering hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for ideas regarding the protection and rescue of the Great Barrier Reef. The country is willing to fund research and it calls out the brightest minds in the scientific world. The world’s largest living structure, part of the UNESCO World Heritage list, is now struggling to survive after significant coral bleaching caused by the warm temperatures, an effect of climate change. Also, other problems seem to be affecting the 1,400-mile site. Things like development, agricultural runoff, and the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish.
Experts are now extremely worried that all these factors are going to completely destroy the Great Barrier Reef. Unless something will be done, of course. The official announcement from the Australian government came on Tuesday. They are willing to offer $1.6 million to fund research meant to save the reef. So, they are waiting for people with bright and new ideas to come forward and share them. According to Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, this problem is extremely important and so, big ideas are needed. It’s also important to acknowledge that the best ideas usually come from the most unexpected places.
Money to save the Great Barrier Reef
The Australian government calls on every great mind out there, from scientists and business leaders to entrepreneurs and inventors. Every idea will be taken into consideration. Currently, there are some solutions out there, but they are difficult to put into practice. For example, a reduced exposure of corals to stressors, coral regeneration and the cultivation of reef-building coral larvae.
During the initial feasibility stage, the government is willing to accept more than one idea. During this time, the researchers can test their solution for about six months. The proof of concept stage will allow participant to test their ideas for 12 months. Only the best ideas will get to the final stage. During it, the researchers will be able to commercialize it.
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