Climate Change & Great Barrier Reef Update

New Findings:  Less Bleaching in 2017 But Uncertain Fate for Great Barrier Reef

Source:  Australia - Great Barrier Reef

Experts Call for Urgent Action on Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Save Global Coral Reefs
Global warming continues to escalate and the future of the world's coral reefs remain uncertain.  In fact, experts in Australia and at NOAA are urging immediate action to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to save coral reefs, including the world's largest, the Great Barrier Reef.  Their request for urgent action is a result of their scientific research findings, released today.

ARC & NOAA Scientists
The new research findings have just been released by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies in Australia and NOAA scientists.  They found that the Great Barrier Reef endured extreme temperatures a little better in 2017 than it did during the two previous years of coral bleaching.  Their findings were published today in Nature Climate Change.

Surprising Results
The study found the coral that bleached and survived in 2016 was more resistant in 2017 to hot temperatures.  The scientists were very surprised by that.  In fact, they were astonished to find less bleaching in 2017 because the temperatures were more extreme. However, they've detailed that 61% of the 2300 kilometer expanse of the Great Barrier Reef has been bleached at least once.  Nearly half of the coral on 2/3rds of the world's largest reef system have been killed.  The study was just released by NOAA and ARC.  They used NOAA satellite tracking to detail the damage.  For more stories on breakthrough innovation and scientific discovery, check out


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