Monday, October 4, 2010

Raising the Red (White) Flag for Corals

Coral bleaching is happening in more and more places as ocean temperatures rise. Not good.

Coral is alive. Coral bleaching means corals are sick, so sick that they abandon the symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship they have with algae by expelling the algae, losing color (hence bleaching) and meanwhile, starving.

According to the Associated Press, corals in Hawaii bleached this summer due to higher water temperatures and earlier in the summer corals in Indonesia and Caribbean also bleached. In Hawaii, thirty percent of the Kure atoll reef and one-fifth of the Pearl and Hermes atoll reef bleached, according to scientists who spent the past month on a research cruise in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, according to the story.

This is why climate change is everyone's issue, including so-called marine types. I'll keep saying it: we need to work to get off the petroleum economy and onto the renewable energy economy as soon as possible.

Read more here.

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