[Marxism] Fwd: Scientists say a dramatic worldwide coral bleaching event is now underway - The Washington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Oct 8 06:03:33 MDT 2015

For just the third time on record, scientists say they are now watching 
the unfolding of a massive worldwide coral bleaching event, spanning the 
globe from Hawaii to the Indian Ocean. And they fear that thanks to warm 
sea temperatures, the ultimate result could be the loss of more than 
12,000 square kilometers, or over 4,500 square miles, of coral this year 
— with particularly strong impacts in Hawaii and other U.S. tropical 
regions, and potentially continuing into 2016.

The event is being brought on by a combination of global warming, a very 
strong El Nino event, and the so-called warm “blob” in the Pacific 
Ocean, say the researchers, part of a consortium including the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as XL Catlin Seaview 
Survey, The University of Queensland in Australia, and Reef Check.


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