Apr 6, 2016

Scientists Blame El Nino, Warming for ‘Gruesome’ Coral Deaths

Kiritimati
Kiribati
by
Seth Borenstein
,
Boston Globe
A photo provided by the University of Victoria shows dying cauliflower coral on the sea floor around Kiritimati. Photo: University of Victoria, Associated Press
A photo provided by the University of Victoria shows dying cauliflower coral on the sea floor around Kiritimati. Photo: University of Victoria, Associated Press

Kiritimati is where El Nino, along with global warming, has done the most damage to corals in the past two years, experts said. In the past, El Nino warming didn’t cause such mass bleaching in Australia. But the effects of recent El Ninos have coincided with water that’s already warmer because of manmade climate change, Hughes said. ‘‘The link between bleaching and global warming is incontrovertible,’’ Hughes said