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Hawaii’s most popular coral reefs are in big trouble

Reefs are in grave danger across the globe.
Dr. Ku‘ulei Rodgers conducting coral bleaching survey.

Dr. Ku‘ulei Rodgers conducting a coral bleaching survey.

Keisha Bahr

On October 8, 2015, the Cubs advanced to the National Division Finals for the first time since 2003; South Carolina, still drowning after historic floods swamped the state with as much 16.6 inches of water in less than a day, braced itself for still more rain; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared the third ever global coral bleaching event, citing warmer than usual global ocean temperatures as the cause. That event, according to a study released this week in the journal PeerJ, devastated the reefs surrounding Hawaii’s number one tourist destination: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Researchers found that 47 percent of the

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