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Record warm ocean temperatures across much of Earth’s tropical oceans during the summer of 2010 …  fueled in part by the El Niño phenomena, caused the most coral bleaching since 1998, when 16 percent of the world’s reefs were killed off.“Clearly, we are on track for this to be the second worst (bleaching) on record,” NOAA coral expert Mark Eakin in an interview last month. “All we’re waiting on now is the body count.” …

With summer now in full swing in the Southern Hemisphere, coral bleaching concern now shifts to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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