16 Mar '17, 1am

Only Way to Stop Deadly Coral Bleaching Is to Cut Fossil Fuel Burning, Says Major New Research

Coral reefs across the globe cannot be saved from devastating bleaching events unless rapid action is taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning, major new research has found. Published in the journal Nature , the research finds the world’s biggest reef system — the Great Barrier Reef (GBR ) in Australia — has been suffering the impacts of global warming since its first mass bleaching hit in 1998. Now, after two further major bleaching events, the authors says nine out of ten individual reefs that make up the 1400-mile long system along the Queensland coast have bleached at least once. In early 2016, record warm ocean temperatures turned corals a ghostly white — a stress reaction where the corals expel the special algae that give them their colour and much of their nutrients. As a result, almost a quarter of all corals on the reef, mainly in the once “p...

Full article: https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/03/15/researchers-find-on...

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