Guam reefs dam­aged by warm­ing ocean

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News - RNZI

A third of Guam’s coral reefs have died be­cause of ris­ing ocean tem­per­a­tures and bleach­ing, re­searchers say.

The Univer­sity of Guam re­searchers found in­creased tem­per­a­tures killed 34 per cent of the ter­ri­tory’s coral reefs be­tween 2013 and 2017. The Guam Daily Post re­ported the damage was most se­vere off Guam’s east coast where 60 per­cent of the reefs are gone. Mean­while, Guam is an­tic­i­pat­ing another mass bleach­ing event, which usu­ally pre­cedes large-scale reef death.

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