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Coral reefs in Australia face third mass bleaching event in five years from global warming

Global warming has targeted the coral reefs in Australia once again within a span of five years. The Great Barrier Reef GBR is in the grip of a third mass coral bleaching event. The last such outbreak happened in 2016 and 2017 and it destroyed nearly half of the shallow water corals. The GBR is the world’s biggest reef system and it is in danger. Prof Terry Hughes of James Cook University is an expert in coral reef studies and he carried out a detailed study on the subject. He conducted an aerial survey over hundreds of individual reefs and told a section of the media, “We know this is a mass bleaching event and it’s a severe one.” He went on to add that the current level of bleaching is more severe than in 1998 and 2002. How it compares with the bleaching of 2016 and 2017 is yet to be established. ...Read more


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