Climate: in Malaysia, the coral reef is dying due to global warming

Climate: in Malaysia, the coral reef is dying due to global warming
Climate: in Malaysia, the coral reef is dying due to global warming

By The editorial team with Belga

12 hours ago

More than half of Malaysia’s coral reef is experiencing bleaching due to global warming, local authorities have announced.

The data is the result of a study conducted between April and June, the Malaysian Ministry of Fisheries said in a statement on Sunday. “If bleaching is greater than 80%, further response measures may include temporary access restrictions to protect affected reefs”he warned.

The ministry urged tour operators to control the number of tourists in affected areas to reduce pressure on the reefs. He also announced that he would set up a coral bleaching response committee, made up of researchers, representatives of NGOs and the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.

This dieback phenomenon, which threatens the survival of coral reefs, has already been confirmed in 62 countries and territories, in both the northern and southern hemispheres. It results in discoloration and is caused by an increase in water temperature which results in the expulsion of symbiotic algae giving the coral its bright color. Malaysia has many popular diving sites, as well as particularly rich marine life. In this Southeast Asian country, the waters surrounding its 42 islands have been classified as marine parks.

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