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Coral Bleaching event report

Category: Coral Bleaching
Observation: 22.02.2010
Continent: Australia & New Zealand
Country: Australia
State: State of Queensland
Area: Heron Island
Location: Great Barrier Reef
Severity: Hight
Event details
Scientists have recorded mild coral bleaching around Heron Island at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. University of Queensland professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg says the bleaching is not widespread, but his research team will continue to monitor it. He says rising water temperatures cause the damage. "Each year that the temperature gets warmer in the Coral Sea, and it's been going up significantly over the past 30 years, we're getting closer to the point where if we do have sunny and still weather it can have a very damaging effect on the reef because we're so much closer to those lethal temperatures," professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.
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