Coral bleaching occurs today is five times faster
Coral bleaching occurs today is five times faster
A team of international researchers has found that the frequency in which coral bleaching occurs today is five times higher than in the early ‘80s of the 20th century. Bleaching is a stress response of coral to elevated sea water temperatures, leading to massive mortality of coral reefs that takes years to regenerate. The rapid succession of coral bleaching due to global warming does not allow a sufficiently long time window for coral to be replaced. Survival of coral reef ecosystems is thus being threatened, as is the economic welfare of millions of people that directly or indirectly depend on coral reefs for their income.

Read the full story: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180104153514.htm
Scientific publication: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6371/80