[Coral-List] New paper on coral bleaching in Science

Bill Allison allison.billiam at gmail.com
Fri Jan 5 12:59:57 EST 2018

Decent popular article here:

On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 12:07 PM, Mark Eakin - NOAA Federal <
mark.eakin at noaa.gov> wrote:

> For the first time, an international team of researchers has measured the
> escalating rate of coral bleaching at locations throughout the tropics over
> the past four decades. The study documents a dramatic shortening of the gap
> between pairs of bleaching events, threatening the future existence of
> these iconic ecosystems and the livelihoods of many millions of people.
> "The time between bleaching events at each location has diminished
> five-fold in the past 3-4 decades, from once every 25-30 years in the early
> 1980s to an average of just once every six years since 2010," says lead
> author
> Prof Terry Hughes, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef
> Studies (Coral CoE).
> “Reefs have entered a distinctive human-dominated era – the Anthropocene,”
> said co-author, Dr C. Mark Eakin of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric
> Administration, USA. "The climate has warmed rapidly in the past 50 years,
> first making El Niños dangerous for corals, and now we're seeing the
> emergence of bleaching in every hot summer."
> For more, see the full paper at:
> http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6371/80
> Cheers,
> Mark
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