Apr 28, 2016

‘Severe’ coral bleaching is damaging huge swaths of the Great Barrier Reef, scientists say

Great Barrier Reef, QLD
Australia
by
Chris Mooney
,
Washington Post
Bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef observed by aerial survey. Photo: Terry Hughes, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef observed by aerial survey. Photo: Terry Hughes, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)

Scientists have declared that key portions of the Great Barrier Reef — over a thousand miles long and the “largest living structure on the planet,” according to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority — are now seeing the worst coral bleaching in recorded history