Mar 21, 2016

Australia Scientists Alarmed at New Great Barrier Reef Coral Bleaching

Australia
by
Matt Siegel
,
Reuters
A tourist boat floats above an area called the 'Coral Gardens' located off Lady Elliot Island and north-east from the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, in this June 11, 2015 file photo. Photo: David Gray, Reuters
A tourist boat floats above an area called the 'Coral Gardens' located off Lady Elliot Island and north-east from the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, in this June 11, 2015 file photo. Photo: David Gray, Reuters

Australian scientists managing the Great Barrier Reef have lifted their emergency response to the highest level following the publication of video footage of damage caused by coral bleaching. Authorities this month said that areas of the World Heritage site were experiencing the worst bleaching in 15 years, at least partially as a result of the current El Nino, one of the strongest in two decades