As coral bleaching threat is raised for Great Barrier Reef, experts say events show that dire projections for reefs under global warming were not alarmist
Coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef seen suffering from bleaching in 1998. Bleaching occurs when ocean temperatures pass a threshold that affects the tiny animals which give coral its brilliance. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters
After almost two years of coral bleaching, with some reefs bleaching twice and possibly three times since 2014, scientists have said that dire predictions of global coral decline made almost two decades ago may now be manifest.