What exactly is coral bleaching? Coral bleaching is when corals are stressed by changes like light, temperature or nutrients and expel symbiotic algae living in their tissues causing them to turn completely white. When water is too warm, corals expel the algae, also known as zooxanthellae, living in their tissues causing them to turn completely white. This doesn’t kill the coral but makes it more susceptible to mortality.
In 2005 alone, the United States lost half of it’s coral reefs in the Caribbean in a single year because of a massive bleaching event. Warmer than normal waters around an island North of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico expanded Southward and caused irreversible damage. Satellite data from this event revealed it was the greatest stress event from the past 20 years COMBINED!
While not all coral bleaching events are caused by water increasing in temperature, the Florida Keys lost some coral in 2010 due to water temperatures dropping in degrees. Just this year, and in 2014, coral reefs suffered their 3rd largest bleaching event to date. Why are all of these corals dying? GLOBAL WARMING.
Because 93% of GLOBAL WARMING is absorbed by the ocean, ocean life is the most vulnerable and affected. Mr Jacobsen wrote: “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old.” 25 MILLION FUCKING YEARS OLD!!!! I am brought to tears while writing this. Something SO OLD a DINOSAUR has OUTLIVED it! Alligators/crocodiles are from the age of the prehistoric, yet they were equipped to handle the change of the earth. Coral reefs, weren’t as lucky.
It is up the US, people with the knowledge to do so, to stop this madness! Global worming is not only destroying the earth, but it’s also destroying our people. Weather you understand or not, GLOBAL WARMING is REAL, and it is slowly killing humans, but FASTLY killing other VITAL members of our ecosystem.
How willing are YOU to gamble YOU AND YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH!?!?!?! GLOBAL WRMING IS REAL. HOW WILL YOU LEAVE THE FUTURE FOR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN!?