Dec 2, 2015

Even the super-corals of Australia’s Kimberley are not immune to climate change

Australia
by
Verena Schoepf
,
The Conversation
Intertidal coral communities in the Kimberley exposed during low tide. Copyright: Steeve Comeau.
Intertidal coral communities in the Kimberley exposed during low tide. Copyright: Steeve Comeau.

Coral reefs around the world are in trouble because of climate change and other pressures such as overfishing, pollution and outbreaks of coral-eating predators. Currently, they are in the spotlight because a mass bleaching event on global scale has been declared – the third since records started in the 1980s. As mass bleaching events become more common due to rising ocean temperatures, it is increasingly urgent to understand what makes corals resistant to heat stress and climate change.