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"More Than 60% Of Maldives' Coral Reefs Hit By Bleaching"

"Scientific survey found all reefs had been affected by high sea surface temperatures, with up to 90% of coral colonies bleached in some areas".

"More than 60% of coral in reefs in the Maldives has been hit by “bleaching” as the world is gripped by record temperatures in 2016, a scientific survey suggests.

Bleaching happens when algae that lives in the coral is expelled due to stress caused by extreme and sustained changes in temperatures, turning the coral white and putting it at risk of dying if conditions do not return to normal.

Source: UK Press Association, 08/08/2016

"In Olympics Opening Ceremony, Brazil Goes Big On Climate Change"

"Amid the pomp and circumstance of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday, in between the fireworks and musical acts,...came a more somber message. In primetime, with the world watching, Brazil showed a video focused on the problem of global warming and climate change."

Source: Wash Post, 08/08/2016

UN Tries To Hide Involvement In Deleting Australia From Climate Report

"The United Nations has tried to cover up its involvement in the Australian government’s successful attempt to have all mentions of the country removed from a report on climate change and world heritage sites, freedom of information documents show."

Source: Guardian, 08/02/2016

Japan, South Korea Block U.S. Wheat Varieties Over GMO Concerns: USDA

"Japan and South Korea have both taken steps to block certain imports of U.S. wheat after unapproved genetically-modified (GMO) plants from Monsanto Co seeds were found growing in Washington state, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday."

Source: Reuters, 08/02/2016

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