Okinotorishima and geopolitics
(thanks to David Hayes - as someone once said, the man who reads everything)
Will tropical coral reefs be the first ecosystem to be eliminated by climate change?
Something terrible happened last summer beneath the startlingly blue Caribbean seas off theMagnus Linklater: A stark message in deadly white coral, 19 April
, where we have just been staying. The Buccoo coral reef, home to one of the richest marine ecologies in the world, turned a brilliant white. “It looked as if it had been bleached,” said my brother-in-law, a marine biologist. “It was a strangely beautiful sight, but in fact it was sick, so sick that we wondered whether it could recover.” islandof Tobago
A one-two punch of bleaching from record hot water followed by disease has killed ancient and delicate coral in the biggest loss of reefs scientists have ever seen in
Edwin Hernández Delgado, a
biology researcher... found a colony of 800-year-old star coral -- more than 13 feet high -- that had just died in the waters off Universityof Puerto Rico Puerto Rico. "We did lose entire colonies," he said. "This is something we have never seen before."
"The prognosis is not good," said biochemistry professor M. James Crabbe of the
Universityof Luton, . This month he will investigate coral reef mortality off England . "If you want to see a coral reef, go now, because they just won't survive in their current state." Jamaica