Mar 23, 2016

We must stop ignoring the climate change warning signs like coral bleaching

Great Barrier Reef, QLD
Australia
by
Andrew Picone
,
The Sydney Morning Herald
A diver checking out the Great Barrier Reef bleaching at Heron Island in February. Photo: XL Catlin Seaview Survey
A diver checking out the Great Barrier Reef bleaching at Heron Island in February. Photo: XL Catlin Seaview Survey

Today, several months of hot and still waters in the Coral Sea combined with a weak monsoon have resulted in some of the worst conditions for coral bleaching in decades.


Coral bleaching is changing the Great Barrier Reef. As bleaching events occur more frequently, adding to ongoing impacts of pollution and sediments run-off, recovery becomes much harder. Now, the most healthy and intact section of the reef is cooking in the heat