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Coral bleaching as record cold snap hits
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8 Aug 07 - A record cold snap across southern Queensland, Australia, has triggered coral bleaching normally associated with the extremes of hot weather linked to climate change.

Scientists say the bleaching was caused by a combination of cold waters, winds and air temperatures hitting exposed reefs around the Capricorn-Bunker group of islands at the southern end of the reef.

The bleaching was recorded by University of Queensland researchers on Heron Island, near Rockhampton.

Coral expert Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, from the University of Queensland's Centre for Marine Studies, warned researchers along the reef to look for bleaching after Townsville experienced one of its coldest days on record, on June 20. The comfort zone for coral, Hoegh-Guldberg added, was between 19C and 27C but temperatures had fallen to 8C.

            Hmmmm. Coral bleaching caused by cold weather? 
            Haven’t the headlines been screaming all along that 
            coral bleaching is caused by global warming?

            Oh, but the writer called it climate change, didn't he?
            That probably makes it our fault anyway.


See entire article by Matthew Warren
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22187211-29277,00.html
Thanks to Fridtjof Lafeber for this link

 

 

 



               

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