Coral Bleaching Event: Worst in Decades

October 7, 2014 2:31 PM

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Scientists are frantically monitoring Hawaii's unusual windless coast, finding that elevated sea surface temperatures are severely stressing corals near the shoreline, causing a major coral bleaching event that's even more intense than one seen two decades ago.

"Unfortunately, we are seeing evidence of wide-spread bleaching in shallow, near shore waters of windward Oahu," Frazer McGilvray, the administrator of the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) Coral Rapid Response Team, said in a recent statement. "Coral bleaching is a stress response due to warmer o...

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