October 6

Most Severe Coral Bleaching Documented on GBR

first_imgAerial surveys of more than 500 coral reefs from Cairns to Papua New Guinea reveal that the most pristine section of the Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing the worst, mass bleaching event in its history, James Cook University informed.“This has been the saddest research trip of my life,” says Prof. Terry Hughes, convenor of the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce. “Almost without exception, every reef we flew across showed consistently high levels of bleaching, from the reef slope right up onto the top of the reef. We flew for 4000 km in the most pristine parts of the Great Barrier Reef and saw only four reefs that had no bleaching. The severity is much greater than in earlier bleaching events in 2002 or 1998.”Multiple research vessels and island research stations are documenting the coral bleaching, with in-water research confirming what is  seen from the air, that the majority of reefs north of Cairns are undergoing bleaching and that virtually all species of corals are being affected.“We could see extensive bleaching even among the most robust ‘massive’ corals,” says James Kerry, Project Manager of the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce, who also participated in the aerial surveys. “The fact that these hardy species have also turned white shows just how severe summer conditions have become on the northern GBR.“Scientists in the water are already reporting up to 50% mortality of bleached corals,” says Prof. Hughes, “but it’s still too early to tell just what the overall outcome will be. We will continue to conduct underwater surveys along the Great Barrier Reef in the coming months as the full impact of this mass bleaching event unfolds.”last_img read more

September 18

Chelsea through despite losing to Basel

first_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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Basel 1 Chelsea 0Chelsea went through to the knockout stage of the Champions League despite Mohamed Salah’s 88th-minute winner.They needed a point to be sure of progressing from Group E but Schalke’s goalless draw away to Steaua Bucharest gave them a helping hand on a tough night for Jose Mourinho’s men.AdChoices广告Egyptian forward Salah worried them on several occasions before getting in behind Branislav Ivanovic to collect a long ball and fire past Petr Cech.And there is concern for Samuel Eto’o, who was carried off on a stretcher after suffering what looked like a nasty injury.With a hectic December approaching and only two other out-and-out strikers in the squad, Chelsea will hope Eto’o does not face a long spell on the sidelines.Their immediate priority was to progress from Group E, which they have done with a match to spare despite two defeats at the hands of Basel, who also beat them at Stamford Bridge in September.The Swiss outfit were impressive again and keeper Cech, making his 450th Chelsea appearance, had to be alert to punch Taulant Xhaka’s early free-kick clear and dealt with several other deliveries into the danger area in the first half.And Basel would have gone ahead had John Obi Mikel not been on hand to clear off the line after a corner had dropped to Ivan Ivanov.The home side continued to press and Cech was called into action again, this time keeping out a shot from Salah, who sent another effort wastefully wide.Chelsea had to make a change three minutes before the break when Eto’o sustained what appeared to be a groin injury and was replaced by the fit-again Fernando Torres.Eto’o was hurt while stretching for the ball 40 yards from goal and immediately crumpled to the ground in pain.Mourinho again left out Juan Mata, who was named among the substitutes along with Torres and Eden Hazard.With his team having looked much more solid in the opening stages of the second half, Mourinho replaced Oscar with Hazard and the visitors enjoyed a decent spell.But they were undone late on and Sergey Diem then missed a golden chance to make it 2-0 when he volleyed over.Chelsea: Cech Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires; Oscar (Hazard 55), Willian (De Bruyne 86), Eto’o (Torres 43).Subs not used: Schwarzer, Cole, Mata, Schurrle.center_img See also:Blues agree fee for Basel star SalahBlues face two-day wait for news on Eto’oMourinho explains Chelsea’s poor displayBasel v Chelsea player ratingslast_img read more