Yet according to this new study, the degradation is less directly linked to these usual suspects. Just 10 percent of the loss was attributable to bleaching. The study found coastal storms were the leading culprit that caused 48 percent of the damage, and the remaining 42 percent was a result of an exploding population of the crown of thorns starfish that preys on coral.
Don’t mistake these causes for reason to think climate change isn’t responsible. After all, an increase in intensity of coastal storms is undoubtedly a symptom of planetary warming.
- That is one weird-looking dinosaur!
- Glenn Beck (yes, he's still barking in carnivals) invokes a less-than-scientific, convoluted religious explanation for why Romney is losing, he's really winning!
- As the Arctic melts and the Barrier Reef succumbs, our friends in the lucative denial industry continue to lie their way to riches, who cares if they're stone-cold busted?
- The Big Bang, evolution -- it's all lies from the pit of hell!
- Hell yes, I'd do it!
After literally years of preparation -- physically, mentally, financially and technologically -- Baumgartner and his team are ready to execute his ultimate ascent via balloon-powered pressurized capsule to the intimidating height of 120,000 feet, at which point he will jump, freefalling to Earth at supersonic speeds through frigid and virtually airless stretches of atmosphere.