New aerial data from scientists released on Monday show example after example of overheating and damage along the reef, a 1,500-mile natural wonder. The mass bleaching indicates that corals are under intense stress from the waters around them, which have been growing increasingly hotter. The world’s oceans, which absorb 93 percent of the heat trapped by the greenhouse gases that humans send into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, are warming up 40 percent faster on average than scientists estimated six years ago.
By Damien Cave. New York Times. April 6, 2020.