The world’s third-ever global coral bleaching event is now underway, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) along with a consortium of other researchers around the worldMashable first reported the strong possibility that a global event would be declared in October, pending observations of coral bleaching in the Caribbean and Bahamas, which has now taken place.

This bleaching event, which began in the north Pacific in the summer of 2014 and expanded to the south Pacific and Indian oceans in 2015, is hitting U.S. coral reefs particularly hard. According to a press release, NOAA estimates that by the end of 2015, almost 95% of U.S. coral reefs will have been exposed to ocean conditions that can cause corals to bleach Read more…

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Record warm oceans are causing the third-ever global coral bleaching event