Scientists scramble as rising sea temperatures are expected to decimate coral reefs. A story in the Asia’s Water Crisis project.
CORAL REEF ecologist Affendi Yang Amri had hated the idea of coral restoration for most of his 27-year career.
Wary that opportunists would ramp up destructive coastal works if corals could be “restored” elsewhere later, he preferred protecting existing corals rather than fixing damaged ones.
But in 2018, scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned of an imminent coral collapse worldwide.
(Summer Bay House Reef at Lang Tengah Island, Terengganu. | Photo: KL Chew)