10 years ago I sailed across the Coral Sea from the Solomon Islands to Cairns after sailing and diving in Micronesia and Guam.
I sailed 800 miles down the reef from Cairns to Brisbane, diving every day, never seeing a coral bleaching incident anywhere enroute. This collapse is sudden and abrupt as was the PETM extinction event which was also driven by the acidification of the oceans. The tiny marine algae essential to coral health is the foundation of the marine food web and these reefs are the incubator for effectively all complex life on this planet including the production of 90% of the planets oxygen.
In Cairns I spoke to a marine biologist who said we were the last generation to dive on the living reef. These reefs have been murdered by a combination of fertiliser and other pollutants from the adjacent rivers which Dr Mike Joy is fighting desperately for here in NZ against our own eco-terrorist P.M. John Key, carbonate saturation, climate change and human hubris, before long they will be laced with radionuclides from Fukushima Daiichi.
The final video in the link has Eric the Viking being accused of being alarmist, as was Winston Churchill in 1937 as is my friend Professor Guy McPherson who will be coming to NZ in November on another speaking tour about this disaster. Eight brutal years later, 50 million people were dead. This time will be infinitely worse. The scientist in one of the videos describes his feelings when flying over the reef, It reminded me of your experience flying over Greenland Jennifer Hynes prompting you to create the Arctic Methane Monster presentation.
See ‘Climate Denial Crock of the Week’, with Peter Sinclair: ‘Powerful report from Australian Broadcasting about damage to the Great Barrier reef, currently being observed. It’s one of the most widely predicted consequences of a warming, acidifying ocean. Spokesmen for climate denying politicians were quoted as saying, “This is not happening.” See below.’ This continues”
‘ABC – Australia: An aerial survey of the northern Great Barrier Reef has shown that 95 per cent of the reefs are now severely bleached — far worse than previously thought‘. Full article continues here: ‘Extreme Coral Bleaching in Great Barrier Reef‘.
Australian Broadcasting on Great Barrier Reef Bleaching 2016 // March 28, 2016