[Coral-List] Looming coral bleaching?

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Tue Jan 13 16:56:07 EST 2015

"ScienceInsider", one of the "Science Now" popular science news services
provided free by Science magazine, now has a new piece entitled:

Looming coral reef disaster?  Scientists divided.


(open access)

See the comment by Mark Eakin below the story, which adds info.

I note that in the last paragraph, the article says "Others note bigger
threats, such as chronic pollution and destructive fishing."  I think
opinions vary on whether local threats such as chronic pollution and
destructive fishing are greater than mass coral bleaching.  Part of the
difference may be between the past when local threats were the worst many
places (and most places before mass bleaching events), and the future when
it looks like bleaching may be the worst.  Mind you, bleaching in 1998
caused vast damage in most of the Indian Ocean in particular, but also in
some other locations.  Bleaching in 1998 was arguably the largest single
destructive event for the world's coral reefs so far.
     Cheers,  Doug

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