Scientists: Major Coral Bleaching Crisis Spreads Worldwide

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The bleaching of colorful coral is spreading into a worldwide, devastating crisis, scientists say, and they predict it will likely get worse…

Read Full Article, AP / US News & World Report

NOAA declares third ever global coral bleaching event, NOAA

Coral reefs endangered by bleaching in global event, researchers say, CNN
Coral bleaching is triggered by stresses on coral reefs. During bleaching, the coral expel the algae that live within them, exposing the coral’s white skeleton. The symbiotic algae not only provide coral with its color, they also provide crucial nutrients. Without them, the coral eventually will starve…

Coral Bleaching Threat Increasing in Western Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, NOAA (07-08-2015)
As unusually warm ocean temperatures cover the north Pacific, equatorial Pacific, and western Atlantic oceans, NOAA scientists expect greater bleaching of corals on Northern Hemisphere reefs through October, potentially leading to the death of corals over a wide area and affecting the long-term supply of fish and shellfish…

Scientists Expect Hawaii’s Worst Coral Bleaching Ever, AP / US News (09-12-2015)

Close-Up Of Coral Bleaching Event, Science Daily (06-03-2014)
Ecologists have shed light on exactly what happens to coral during periods of excessively high water temperatures…