Experts warn of impending coral bleaching crisis

Experts are predicting a coral bleaching crisis in 2024, driven by soaring land and sea temperatures.

University of Queensland is sounding the alarm about this impending catastrophe, emphasising its critical impact on coral reefs. Describing it as uncharted territory and a potential tipping point.

Historical data suggests that extreme marine heatwaves in 2023 could lead to a mass bleaching event in the Indo-Pacific in 2024-2025.

Coral bleaching occurs when corals lose their algae due to stress factors like high temperatures, posing a severe threat to these ecosystems.

In a report addressing the looming crisis of coral bleaching and mortality expected in 2024, insights from Cathy La, an Environmental Science graduate from Melbourne University.

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Featured In Story: Cathy La – an Environmental Science graduate from Melbourne University

First aired on The Wire, Tuesday 9 January 2024