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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Great Barrier Reef Sees ‘Worst Mass Bleaching Event’

‘Severe’ coral bleaching is damaging huge swaths of the Great Barrier Reef, scientists say - The Washington Post
Scientists have declared that key portions of the Great Barrier Reef — over a thousand miles long and the “largest living structure on the planet,” according to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority — are now seeing the worst coral bleaching in recorded history.
“We’re seeing very severe bleaching in the northern part of the reef,” said professor Terry Hughes of James Cook University, where he heads the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. “And I think that just highlights how precarious the situation has become, whereby severe El Niño events, which happen every few years, are enough to trigger a bleaching event. And it wasn’t always like that.”
Link between fossil fuels and Great Barrier Reef bleaching clear and incontrovertible | Environment | The Guardian
Where only a few weeks ago there were swathes of vivid purples, blues and pretty much any other colour you fancy, now there is just grey and white.
Corals in the northern section of Australia’s vast Great Barrier Reef – a length of more than 1000km or so – have become the latest and most famous victims of the third global “mass bleaching” of corals since 1998.
“It’s pretty confronting,” says Prof Terry Hughes, a leading coral scientist who has been spending recent days in a helicopter surveying the reef.
Of the 520 reefs he flew over, only four have managed to retain their colour. He’s back in the skies to look further south in the coming days.
Great Barrier Reef Sees ‘Worst Mass Bleaching Event’
The Great Barrier Reef, which runs along the northeastern coast of Australia and is three quarters the size of California, is facing what is being described as the “worst mass bleaching event in its history.”
Using aerial surveys of more than 500 reefs stretching north of Cairns, the researchers said the majority of the reefs ranked in the most severe bleaching category.
“This has been the saddest research trip of my life,” said Terry Hughes, convenor of the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce. “Almost without exception, every reef we flew across showed consistently high levels of bleaching, from the reef slope right up onto the top of the reef. We flew for 4,000 kilometers in the most pristine parts of the Great Barrier Reef and saw only four reefs that had no bleaching. The severity is much greater than in earlier bleaching events in 2002 or 1998.”
Worst ever bleaching on Great Barrier Reef | Environment | DW.COM | 31.03.2016

Worst ever bleaching on Great Barrier Reef

Researchers say Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef faces permanent destruction through coral bleaching caused by warming water. The worst mass bleaching event on record is affecting reefs all around the world.
An aerial survey by scientists shows almost all the most pristine part of the
Great Barrier Reef is suffering from severe bleaching in what is described as "the worst mass bleaching event" on record.
The world's largest living ecosystem stretches 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) along Australia's northeast coast and contains 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusk. It brings in billions of dollars a year in tourism revenue.
New surveys of more than 500 coral reefs from Cairns in Australia to Papua New Guinea revealed that "almost without exception, every reef showed consistently high levels of bleaching", Professor Terry Hughes, convenor of the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce, said in a statement.

Worst ever bleaching on Great Barrier Reef | Environment | DW.COM | 31.03.2016
An aerial survey by scientists shows almost all the most pristine part of the
Great Barrier Reef is suffering from severe bleaching in what is described as "the worst mass bleaching event" on record.
The world's largest living ecosystem stretches 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) along Australia's northeast coast and contains 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusk. It brings in billions of dollars a year in tourism revenue.
New surveys of more than 500 coral reefs from Cairns in Australia to Papua New Guinea revealed that "almost without exception, every reef showed consistently high levels of bleaching", Professor Terry Hughes, convenor of the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce, said in a statement.
Large areas of the world heritage site face permanent destruction through coral bleaching, caused by warming waters as a result of climate change and the current El Nino event. The phenomenon occurs when trade winds that circulate over waters in the tropical Pacific start to weaken, and sea surface temperatures rise.

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