27 May '16, 7pm

Can #Reefs Survive Coral #Bleaching?

Can #Reefs Survive Coral #Bleaching?

Scientists in Australia recently announced that more than 90% of coral reefs in the Great Barrier Reef have experienced bleaching this year due to increased oceanic temperatures from climate change. This is the third mass bleaching event on record and possibly the worst yet — affecting one-third of the world’s corals. Other affected areas include Micronesia, as well as the Caribbean and Hawaii, both of which suffered major bleaching throughout their waters last summer . Coral reefs provide food and shelter for numerous marine species and they support fish stocks that feed more than one billion people around the world. According to The New York Times , they provide jobs for “an estimated 30 million small-scale fishermen and women [who] depend on reefs for their livelihoods.” A healthy coral reef comprises millions of tiny coral polyps and algae (called zooxanthellae ) livin...

Full article: http://wildaid.org/news/increasing-coral-reef-resilience-...

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