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Bleaching hits Australia’s coral reef

- AFP

The world’s southernmo­st coral reef has been hit by bleaching this summer, Australian scientists said Wednesday, as they warned rising sea temperatur­es from climate change were affecting even the most isolated ecosystems. The corals off Lord Howe Island — some 600 km off Sydney — were affected by elevated temperatur­es this summer. “It’s a canary in the coal mine that we are seeing bleaching at this very isolated southernmo­st reef, which is worrying,” said Associate Professor Bill Leggat of the University of Newcastle. “It’s just another indicator that climate change is affecting everywhere around the world.”

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