Mar 25, 2016

The coral reefs that almost made scientists cry (for joy)

Hawaii
American Samoa
USA
by
Sarah Kaplan
,
Washington Post
A pristine coral reef near the remote Millennium Atoll in the central Pacific. Photo: Jennifer Smith
A pristine coral reef near the remote Millennium Atoll in the central Pacific. Photo: Jennifer Smith

Smith’s report, which was published recently in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, examined reefs at 450 sites spanning the Pacific from Hawaii to American Samoa. The researchers wanted to determine how the reefs responded to climate change and a 1998 El Nino event that lead to widespread bleaching...

If the reefs existed around uninhabited islands — away from localized problems like overfishing and pollution — they were often able to bounce back from global stressors relatively unscathed