Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise tells the story of an international scientific team in the Chagos Archipelago, a tropical paradise in the British Indian Ocean Territory with some of the healthiest coral reefs on the planet. Initially, the scientists are thrilled with the beauty and abundance of the reefs, which support many thousands of fish and other sea creatures. But in the space of a few weeks they become surprised witnesses to a serious case of bleaching in the reefs — evidence that even the most isolated places are not safe from the ravages of climate change. Their study of these reefs, however, does give some reason for hope, and leaves the scientists with a clear sense of what may be necessary to save the world’s coral reefs.
Published on 10 Jun 2016