This article from the BBC gives hope that corals can survive rising ocean temperatures. The world’s coral reefs are largely ignored by most, but they are as important to the ocean (and the overall health of the planet) as the rainforests are to land. The diversity of aquatic life (both flora and fauna–in the case of corals, both flora and fauna living symbiotically in one organism) has led many to term coral reefs “the rainforests of the sea.”
We will be studying coral bleaching very closely this summer at The Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology to see if another major bleaching event occurs (like last summer). For those of us concerned about reefs (and for those who could care less) this article is very good news.