“Scientists have confirmed the third-ever global bleaching of coral reefs is under way and warned it could see the biggest coral die-off in history,” this story begins. What else need be said? Oh, perhaps this, “On just 0.1% of the ocean’s floor (coral reefs) nurture 25% of the world’s marine species.” Three bad trends are conjoining: poor ocean management resulting in overfishing, pollution, and climate change. Damage that is all self-inflicted. Imagine a world where wellness is the first priority and what the world ocean would be like using that model. Now ask yourself, why aren’t we doing that?
Scientists have confirmed the third-ever global bleaching of coral reefs is under way and warned it could see the biggest coral die-off in history. (emphasis added)
Since 2014, a massive underwater heatwave, driven by climate change, has caused corals to lose their brilliance and die in every ocean. By the end of this year 38% of the world’s reefs will have been affected. About 5% will have died forever.
But with a very strong El Niño driving record global temperatures and a huge patch of hot water, known as “the Blob”, hanging obstinately in the north-western Pacific, things look far worse again for 2016.
For coral scientists such as Dr Mark Eakin, the coordinator of the US National Oceanic…