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Up to 35% of Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Is Dead Due To Climate Change

Extensive underwater and aerial reports have brought to light some frightening news. Up to 35% of certain parts of the Great Barrier Reef are dead due to bleaching. Another study reports that 93% of the Reef has suffered to some extent from bleaching. Bleaching is what happens when warmer temperatures, or other abnormal conditions, cause coral to expel zooxanthellae, a type of photosynthetic algae. Without these algae, coral turn white, or bleach, and die. Coral that has survived for hundreds of years have been found to be dying or already dead. Still think that climate change is not man-made? In just the past 18 years, there have been three separate bleaching occurrences, with each getting significantly worse. The hardest hit areas of...

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