Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Coral Triangle faces massive bleaching event

A hot summer could cause a massive bleaching event in the Coral Triangle, the world's most diverse marine area, environmentalists warn.

The Coral Triangle stretches from the Philippines and Sabah, on the island of Borneo, through Eastern Indonesia to Papua New Guinea.

Coastal marine resources could be impacted by the event, and similar bleaching episodes are predicted to happen more frequently int he future because of global warming.

Indonesia will hold the Coral Triangle Initiative Summit in May on the island of Sulawesi to address the problems facing the rich marine area.

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Colourless corals spell doom
New Straits Times, Malaysia - Dec 19, 2008
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Massive Coral Bleaching Could Decimate SE Asia’s Coral Triangle ... Earthtimes (press release)
Scientists predict coral destruction Sydney Morning Herald
Indigenous insights help save coral reefs ABC Online