A photo released April 10, 2017 shows a diver examines bleaching on a coral reef on Orpheus Island, off Australia. AFP PHOTO / GREG TORDA / ARC CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR CORAL REEF STUDIES
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Bleaching has damaged the world's northernmost coral reef in Japan, a researcher said Tuesday, the latest example of a global phenomenon scientists have attributed to high ocean temperatures.Since 2015, all tropical coral reefs have seen above-normal temperatures, and more than 70 percent experienced prolonged high temperatures that can cause bleaching.The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month that coral reef bleaching may be easing after the three years of high ocean temperatures, the longest such period since the 1980s.
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