CORAL REEF BLEACHING
Climate change causes water temperatures to get hotter, this can result in
coral bleaching. When water is too warm corals will extract the algae called
zooxanthellae living in their tissues causing the coral to turn completely white.
In 2005, the U.S. lost half of its coral reefs in the Caribbean in one year. This
was because of a humongous bleaching event. The warm waters centered
around the northern Antilles near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The
satellite data from the previous 20 years confirmed that thermal stress from
2005 it was greater than the previous 20 years combined.
In conclusion, the coral reefs are dying and we need to act now by making
sure our planet is more sustainable.
Thanks to Valentina for sending us this post!