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Marine ‘hotspots’ under dual threat from climate change and fishing

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The parts of the world’s oceans with the most varied mix of species are seeing the biggest impacts from a warming climate and commercial fishing, a new study warns

February 26, 2017 — The research, published in Science Advances, identifies six marine “hotspots” of “exceptional biodiversity” in the tropical Pacific, southwestern Atlantic, and western Indian Oceans. Continue reading Marine ‘hotspots’ under dual threat from climate change and fishing

More than 60% of Maldives’ coral reefs hit by bleaching

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Bleached coral seen at low tide on Hudhuranfushi Island, North Male atoll. Bleaching events are becoming more frequent and severe due to sea temperature change. Photograph: Simon McComb/Alamy

Scientific survey found all reefs had been affected by high sea surface temperatures, with up to 90% of coral colonies bleached in some areas

August 12, 2016 — More than 60% of coral in reefs in the Maldives has been hit by “bleaching” as the world is gripped by record temperatures in 2016, a scientific survey suggests.  Continue reading More than 60% of Maldives’ coral reefs hit by bleaching