Pacific Coral Bleaching And Manganese Content Point To Imminent Spike In Global Temperatures

December 23, 2014 12:27 PM

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Pacific Coral Bleaching And Manganese Content Point To Imminent Spike In Global Temperatures

Researchers monitoring the health of coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean have sounded an alarm over widespread coral bleaching -- an effect of warming and acidifying oceans -- in a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience. Moreover, the researchers warned, based on analysis of corals off the coasts of remote islands in the Pacific, that a spike in the rate of rise of global temperature was imminent.

The researchers, led by Diane Thompson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the U.S., found that over the last decade, strong Pacific trade winds had contributed to a slowdown in the rise of surface temperatures. As a result of these strong winds, even though the amount of greenhouse g...

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