Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056, New Study Shows

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JonMilnes / Shutterstock Coral bleaching occurs when sea temperatures rise and kill algae that is the source of both color and food for most corals around the globe, and a new study shows that by 2056, there could be mass bleaching if current greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated. The results of NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies study published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week. Researchers used data from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to demonstrate that unless significant measures are taken to reduce emissions, annual mass bleaching could occur in 74 percent of coral by 2045. Read the rest of Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056, New Study Shows Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , carbon emissions , climate models , CO2 , coral bleaching , coral reef , Environment , environmental destruction , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , IPCC , mass bleaching events , nature climate change , News , NOAA , science

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Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056, New Study Shows

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