49. The Third Mass Bleaching Event with Emma Johnston (COVID and Climate #5)

HAPPY 50TH EARTH DAY!!!

This week we celebrate Earth Day with a return cameo from High Level Climate Action Champion, Nigel Topping. Nigel gives us an inside update on the unknowns of COP26, and gives us an exclusive on how coordination and ambition is going in the midst of the pandemic.

And for our main interview – The Great Barrier Reef has sustained a third mass bleaching event in 5 years. Will it survive? Emma Johnston, Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology at The University of South Wales in Australia breaks it down for us. She does a deep dive on what bleaching is, why the bleaching is happening so frequently, and she answers the question, “Will the coral survive?”

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