Coral is a critical piece of ocean biodiversity, supporting one in four species of fish. But scientists are warning that rising ocean temperatures will lead to massive coral bleaching over the coming year. Can it be stopped?
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Scientists had hoped a cooler La Niña would give the reef time to recover from previous mass bleachings in 2016, 2017 and 2020.
The volcanic rock could transport Pacific sea organisms to restock the bleached reef off Australia.
A giant deep-sea reef off South Carolina has deepened environmentalists' concerns about a planned hunt for oil and gas reserves.
The chief scientist on the expedition said it was like nothing he'd seen before.
“This bill is a small first step worldwide to really caring about our corals," Gov. David Ige (D) said.
The Great Barrier Reef, which last year narrowly avoided being put on the World Heritage endangered list, is experiencing its worst bleaching in recorded history.
A new study warns coral's ability to withstand bleaching would suffer in warmer oceans.