It was forecast two weeks ago. Now, it’s happening. Huge areas of coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea are dying, bleached white, because of abnormally high water temperatures. The reefs form the keystone of the Caribbean marine ecosystem.
You’ll see that this map, released just today, shows a large part of the world’s oceans suffering the high temperatures that can cause coral bleaching
The research compared rate of coral growth on the Great Barrier Reef today with the rate of coral growth on the reef in 1990, and found that there has been a reduction in coral skeleton formation of 14 percent.