Australia, Great Barrier Reef, Climate Change, Environment

Australia, Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef suffers worst-ever coral bleaching: Scientists

Great Barrier Reef suffers worst-ever coral bleaching: Scientists

7/4/2020 3:48:00 AM

Great Barrier Reef suffers worst-ever coral bleaching: Scientists

BRISBANE: Australia 's Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record, scientists said on Tuesday (Apr 7) in a dire ...

BookmarkBRISBANE: Australia's Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record, scientists said on Tuesday (Apr 7) in a dire warning about the threat posed by climate change to the world's largest living organism.James Cook University professor Terry Hughes said a comprehensive survey last month found record sea temperatures had caused the third mass bleaching of the 2,300-kilometre reef system in just five years.

Singapore reports 344 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more pre-school staff members test positive Jurong Point's FairPrice supermarket and Japanese food street listed as public places visited by COVID-19 cases Jurong Point's NTUC FairPrice and Japanese food street listed as places visited by Covid-19 cases

AdvertisementAdvertisementBleaching occurs when healthy corals become stressed by changes in ocean temperatures, causing them to expel algae living in their tissues which drains them of their vibrant colours.This undated handout photo received on Apr 6, 2020 from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University shows an aerial survey of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. AFP/Handout

"We surveyed 1,036 reefs from the air during the last two weeks in March to measure the extent and severity of coral bleaching throughout the Barrier Reef region," Hughes said."For the first time, severe bleaching has struck all three regions of the Great Barrier Reef ?- the northern, central and now large parts of the southern sectors."

AdvertisementAdvertisementThe damage came as February brought the highest monthly sea temperatures on the Great Barrier Reef since Australia began keeping records in 1900.The reef is worth an estimated US$4 billion a year in tourism revenue for the Australian economy, but is at risk of losing its coveted world heritage status because warmer oceans brought about by climate change have damaged its health.

Back-to-back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 prompted the government agency overseeing the reef to downgrade its long-term outlook to"very poor".Bleaching was first seen on the reef in 1998 - at the time, the hottest year on record - but as temperature records continue to tumble its frequency has increased, giving coral less time to recover.

James Cook University professor Morgan Pratchett said although bleaching did not necessarily kill all corals, some were expected to fare worse than others.More than half of shallow-water corals in the reef's northern reaches died in the 2016 bleaching.

"We will go back under water later this year to assess the losses of corals from this most recent event," Pratchett said. Read more: CNA »

Aerial survey reveals severe damage at Great Barrier Reef from latest bleaching eventSINGAPORE - The decline in Australia 's Great Barrier Reef , the world's largest living structure, is accelerating, exacerbated by record sea temperatures, a leading coral scientist has concluded after an extensive aerial survey.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Great Barrier Reef suffers worst-ever coral bleaching: ScientistsBRISBANE: Australia 's Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record, scientists said on Tuesday (Apr 7) in a dire ...

British boxing great Benn reveals coronavirus heartbreakBritish boxing great Nigel Benn revealed on Instagram one of his brother's Mark has died of coronavirus.

Great Barrier Reef suffers worst-ever coral bleaching: ScientistsBRISBANE: Australia 's Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record, scientists said on Tuesday (Apr 7) in a dire ...

Aerial survey reveals severe damage at Great Barrier Reef from latest bleaching eventSINGAPORE - The decline in Australia 's Great Barrier Reef , the world's largest living structure, is accelerating, exacerbated by record sea temperatures, a leading coral scientist has concluded after an extensive aerial survey.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

With CBD soon to become a ghost town, restaurants bracing themselves for the worstSINGAPORE — From Tuesday (April 7), all food establishments in Singapore can only offer takeouts or deliveries but Ms Chloe Dang is unsure if her restaurant, Vegan Bowl, will even be in operation.