Tiago Rachelson:

Mass bleaching has destroyed almost half of the coral north of Australia. This coral reef is 1,400 mile long. 95% of coral has survived in the South, and the mildly bleached coral that exists in the north can most likely survive and regain its color in the next couple months. Bleaching however, slows the area’s reproduction and growth. Bleaching happens when “water temperatures rise as little as 1 degree Celsius or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.” Then, colorful algae jump off the coral, turning it white. In order to restore color, the temperature needs to drop. Climate change isn’t helping… it’s almost as if you have a fever, but the thermostat is broken.

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