A prolonged summer heatwave in Australia left 91 percent of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral damaged by bleaching, marking the first time on record the reef had suffered bleaching during a La Nina weather cycle, when cooler temperatures would normally be expected. The AFP news agency quotes a report published by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as saying thaty although bleached corals are still alive, and moderately affected sections of the reef may recover, “severely bleached corals have higher mortality rates”. For more on this story, including a graphical explanation of coral bleaching, visit the News Blog page on the Future Media website.
- Product codes starting with the number eight do not identify genetically modified produce
- Microsoft sees ‘new day’ in war with Google over AI search engines
- Why first 72 hours are crucial for Turkey-Syria quake rescues
- Direct support to small scale farmers reduces poverty – what Zambia is doing right
- Children pulled from rubble as Turkey-Syria quake toll tops 9,500