Invisible Dust Recommends #12 – Coral Bleaching & Rising Temperatures
With Offshore: artists explore the sea approaching we are moving ever closer to an introduction of the 1st chapter of Kasia Molga’s ‘Coral Love Stories‘ project. The project highlights the importance of corals to communities and marine biodiversity around the world and their struggle in our ever warming seas. Coral bleaching is an unwanted natural phenomenon stimulated by global warming, according to research, since 1955 approximately 90% of excess heat trapped by greenhouse gases has been stored in the oceans, causes a steady rise in average temperature by 1.0 C since 1950s. As Kasia discussed in her interview with us heightened temperatures cause the symbiotic relationship between the algae that live in coral to breakdown, changing the colour and most significantly causing the coral to be unable to feed, if corals are bleached for too long they will die.
The largest coral reefs in Japan and Australia have recorded catastrophic bleaching levels, peaking in the last 3 years. For large sections of these reefs there is now no hope for recovery, 70% of Japan’s largest reef in Okinawa’s Sekiseishoko area is dead according to reports and huge stretches of the Great Barrier Reef have experienced record die offs and a staggering 93% bleaching. The full extent of The Great Barrier Reef’s health can be found on the Australian Government’s Institute of Marine Science website, as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world its steady decline in health will always be the leading story regarding coral bleaching. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the organisation which ‘Coral Love Stories’ will be regularly referring to for data on Coral Health has an article clearly explaining coral bleaching which we highly recommend.
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