New scientific evidence of the highest greenhouse gas concentrations on record is compounded by the revelation that oceans are acidifying faster than at any time in the last 300 million years.
The good news is that some coral can recover from periodic warming of the oceans. The bad news is it might take too long.
A team of scientists “on a research cruise” (what?) have discovered severe damage to coral reefs near the location of the Deepwater Horizon's blown-out wellhead. Coral, which is a barometer of the health of an ocean's ecosystem, was found to be “sloughing off tissues and producing mucus.” Gross.
Leave it to global warming to ruin both a day at the beach and an entire oceanic ecosystem. Researchers are blaming the environment's public enemy No. 1 as well as rising seawater acidity for what has been the slowest coral growth rate at the Great Barrier Reef in more than 400 years.