2/3 Of Reef Hit By Mass Coral Bleaching – Anti Media News

For the second consecutive year, severe bleaching events have negatively affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef according to a new aerial survey.

While severe bleaching events have occurred three other times in the past 20 years — in 1998, 2002 and 2016 — this year marks the first time it’s known to have happened two years in a row. Scientists say the damage is caused by higher water temperatures due to global warming.

This is causing alarm among scientists who say the back to back bleachings, which have affected a 1500 km stretch, will give little to no time for the damaged coral to recover.

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