Cli­mate change caus­ing man­grove dieback

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THOU­SANDS of hectares of man­groves in Aus­tralia’s re­mote north have died, sci­en­tists said yes­ter­day, with cli­mate change the likely cause.

Some 7000 hectares or 9 per­cent of the man­groves in the Gulf of Car­pen­taria per­ished in just one month ac­cord­ing to re­searchers from Aus­tralia’s James Cook Univer­sity, the first time such an event has been recorded.

The so-called dieback – where man­groves are ei­ther dead or de­fo­li­ated – was con­firmed by aerial and satel­lite sur­veys, said Norm Duke, a man­grove ecol­o­gist from James Cook Univer­sity.

“This is what cli­mate change looks like. You see things push the max­i­mums or min­i­mums ... what we are look­ing at here is an un­usu­ally long dry sea­son,” Mr Duke said.

“The rea­son that there’s dieback now is be­cause of this drought. Droughts are nor­mal, but not so se­vere, and that’s the dif­fer­ence,” he said. –

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