Florida's Coral Reefs Threatened by Heat Wave

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Florida's coral reefs face what could be an unprecedented threat from a scorching marine heat wave.

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Gulf of Mexico water temperatures are posing a severe risk to Florida's coral reefs, reaching record-breaking temperatures in the 90s Fahrenheit.

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Scientists express concern that the heat wave arrives earlier than the peak heat stress typically experienced by corals in August and September.

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Coral reefs play a vital role in supporting diverse species and contributing billions of dollars annually to fisheries, tourism, and coastal protection.

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Oceans have absorbed much of the additional heat caused by human activities, resulting in coral bleaching and mortality.

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Globally, approximately 40% of the planet is experiencing a marine heat wave, with El Niño exacerbating the long-term warming trend.

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Efforts to help coral become more resilient are underway, but addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are crucial for their survival.

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