"We are beginning to transition and go through the extinction," study author David Gruber said. "Who comes out the other side is up for grabs."
Key West banned sunblock and sunscreens which contain certain chemicals in an attempt at saving the area's coral reefs. But the state lawmakers may overturn the ban on the grounds that human health is a more important matter.
It is clear that despite management efforts at local, regional and national levels, a significant number of threats to the reef are getting worse.
"I think they'll give me a detention but it'll be worth it."
"Global warming is happening. As a society, we need to understand how species and ecosystems will respond to such change," said study author Lewis Jones.
Marine heatwaves have caused coral bleaching in one of the most isolated ecosystems in the world.
A new study indicates that coral is fighting for its own survival in the face of climate change.
Rising water temperatures are killing corals—but researchers think we can stop the die-off.
"There's just no time for these systems to recover."
Greenpeace said listing the World Heritage Site as endangered would have forced the Australian government to act on climate change.
The bleaching streak is unprecedented.