Oct 24, 2016

Longest coral bleaching in Singapore caused by warming seas

Singapore
by
Martha Soezean
,
The Online Citizen
Under global warming scenarios above 1.5C, many corals may struggle to adapt say scientiests. Photo: climatechangenews.com
Under global warming scenarios above 1.5C, many corals may struggle to adapt say scientiests. Photo: climatechangenews.com

The underwater gardens in Singapore have lost their color earlier this year caused by warming seas.

The sea warming was caused by the hottest climate on record this year, but this month some corals are starting to recover from the longest bleaching incident happened in the country.

Preliminary assessments by scientists here have shown that this year's event is more severe than two other major bleaching events in 1998 and 2010.

On July this year, Rick Rigazio, an operations research analyst in the US Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines, posted Ed King’s report on World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in his Facebook, “The El Niño event, which turned up the Earth’s thermostat, has now disappeared. Climate change, caused by heat-trapping greenhouse gases, will not. This means we face more heatwaves, more extreme rainfall and the potential for higher impact tropical cyclones.”