- The coral reef in the world is to lead to whitening. According to scientists, to 38 percent of coral reefs are affected thereby. The US and Australian researchers say the lead to whitening is a result of higher ocean temperatures. This would more than 12,000 square kilometers of reef may be lost, reports the newspaper Brisbane Times.
Rising ocean temperatures are a result of climate change and are made worse by the El Niño and a warm body of water in the Pacific Ocean known as the Blob ( blob ).
The lead to whitening happens released when stressed coral algae that typically found in the flower animals. This leaves only the white skeleton of the coral on. The coral can die because of that, although it does not always happen.