Bloomberg has created a series of data visualizations demonstrating the destructive effects of warming ocean temperatures on coral reefs. For example, the visualizations show that northern reefs in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef lost nearly 30 percent of their shallow-water corals in 2016. The visualizations also highlight how many nations have economies dependent on healthy reefs, including the Maldives, where reef tourism and fishing contributes nearly 20 percent of its gross domestic product.
Visualizing the Effects of Dying Coral Reefs
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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