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  • Coral Reefs May Be Adapting To Global Warming

    • Date: 13/03/12
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    As global warming heats up the Earth’s oceans, one ecosystem stands to be severely threatened: Coral reefs. However, new research has given scientists to be hopeful about the fate of these coral reefs. An international team of researchers has studied a coral population in South-East Asian waters that had survived a bleaching event. What was […]

  • Coral Reefs Expand As the Oceans Warm

    • Date: 19/02/11
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    Hold onto your hats, this will come as quite a shock. Well, not really—unless you count yourself among that pessimistic bunch who sport blinders that only allow you to see bad things from global warming. And if you are one of those poor souls, you better stop reading now, because we wouldn’t want reality to […]

  • False Alarm (2264): Corals Do Just Fine In The Hottest Reefs On The Planet

    • Date: 02/02/13
    • Science 2.0
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    There are projections that coral reefs will decline due to global warming but evolution disagrees. A number of coral species survive at seawater temperatures far higher than estimates for the tropics during the next century.  We associate coral reefs with tropical seas of around 28 degrees so in that mindset even slight warming can have […]

  • Strange Coral Spawning Improving Great Barrier Reef’s Resilience

    • Date: 07/08/19
    • University of Queensland
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    A phenomenon that makes coral spawn more than once a year is improving the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef. The discovery was made by University of Queensland and CSIRO researchers investigating whether corals that split their spawning over multiple months are more successful at spreading their offspring across different reefs. Dr Karlo Hock, from […]

  • Doubling of New Coral in Sub-Tropics

    • Date: 11/07/19
    • Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
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    Corals are shifting away from equatorial regions, with the number of young corals declining in tropical reefs but increasing rapidly in more temperate regions. Coral reefs are retreating from equatorial waters and establishing new reefs in more temperate regions, according to new research in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. The researchers found that the number […]

  • Rising Sea Levels May Build, Rather Than Destroy, Coral Reef Islands

    • Date: 16/11/18
    • Northumbria University Newcastle & Geophysical Research Letters
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    Rising global sea levels may actually be beneficial to the long-term future of coral reef islands, such as the Maldives, according to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters. Rising global sea levels may actually be beneficial to the long-term future of coral reef islands, such as the Maldives, according to new research published in Geophysical […]

  • New Study: Corals Adapt Genes In Response To Environmental Stress

    • Date: 20/08/18
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    Scientists have discovered the first molecular evidence that corals and anemones can optimize their gene expression when exposed to environmental stress, enabling them to acclimatize to extreme conditions such as those experienced during climate change. “In a nutshell, we could train toughened corals in nurseries to improve their thermal resilience, helping them to better cope […]

  • New Study Confirms Corals Adapt To Ocean Acidification

    • Date: 09/06/18
    • Eurekalert
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    A process that changes the regulation of genes could help corals acclimatize to the impacts of global warming. Colonies of the smooth cauliflower coral, Stylophora pistillata, were placed in seawater aquariums with varying acidity levels for two years. Cells commonly control gene expression by adding a methyl group to part of the DNA, changing how the […]

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