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Over 70pc of Japan’s biggest coral reef dead from bleaching – report

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NewsHubOver two-thirds of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Japanese environment ministry.
The survey was conducted at 35 points along the Sekiseishoko coral reef, an area set between the remote Ishigaki and Iriomote islands, about 1,200 miles (1,900km) southwest of Tokyo.
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A Japan Times report on the survey quoted a ministry official as saying that a phenomenon called bleaching was responsible for the drastic reduction in coral, likely as a result of warming sea temperatures due to climate change.
Bleaching occurs when unusually warm water causes coral to expel the algae living in their tissues, causing the coral to turn completely white.

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