By: Wu Hsin-yun and Ko Lin
In a press release, Greenpeace said the United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in July and August raised the coral bleaching heat stress alert for areas in northern and southern Taiwan from Level 1 to Level 2, the highest in its five-tier system.
According to the NOAA, Level 1 indicates "Significant Bleaching Likely," while Level 2 means "Severe Bleaching and Significant Mortality Likely," while the lower alerts are "No Stress," "Watch" and "Warning."
Large-scale bleaching was observed at three different diving sites in Kenting National Park from Aug. 17-19, the worst seen in Taiwan since 1998, Greenpeace project director Lena Chang (張皪心) said. [FULL STORY]