Climate Change To Affect Florida Coral Reefs Sooner Than Thought; Bleaching Outbreaks Could Be Widespread By 2030

April 6, 2015 5:43 PM

11 0

Climate Change To Affect Florida Coral Reefs Sooner Than Thought; Bleaching Outbreaks Could Be Widespread By 2030

Lawmakers’ move to expunge the terms “climate change” and “global warming” from Florida’s official vocabulary hasn’t erased the threat facing the state’s coral reefs, which could be hit by widespread coral bleaching events sooner than scientists previously thought. By 2030, ocean waters around Florida’s southern coasts could become warm enough to kill vast swaths of coral reef, about 12 years earlier than previously thought, a study by climate scientists with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration indicates.

Coral bleaching, which occurs when environmental changes cause coral to become stressed and expel the algae living in its tissue, is already one of the leading killers of Florida’s coral reefs, but hardly the only one. Coastal runoff, overfishing and other disturbances have heavily damaged Florida’s...

Read more

To category page

Loading...