Almost a quarter of corals on the iconic Great Barrier Reef have died because of record ocean temperatures driven by global warming.
Those are the bare facts, according to the Australian Government’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).
The coral bleaching that swept across the reef system this Australia summer, hitting hardest the most pristine northern section, affected 93 per cent of individual reefs along its 2300 kilometre stretch (1430 miles).
Scientists have pointed out how those corals that survived the bleaching will be weakened and, to recover, they will need all the help they can get. That means big reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and local pollution.
The news has swept across the globe. Pretty much every major media outlet in the world has told its viewers and readers about the bleaching and shown them the spectacular and confronting images of bleached white coral. Now, the images show dead coral.