ABC News, 24th March 2010
Parts of the world’s most southerly coral reef are under threat after it suffered its largest-recorded bleaching event.
Lord Howe Island is well known for its pristine environment and natural beauty.
The island’s isolation has allowed it to develop unique and endemic marine life and the waters contain an unusual mix of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate corals.
But since January the waters around Lord Howe have experienced unusually warmer temperatures. The average rose by two degrees Celsius and the corals are showing the first signs of extensive bleaching. (Read More)