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  • Study Shows Pacific Island Reefs Can Match Rising Sea Levels

    • Date: 23/07/15
    • Thomas Richard, The Examiner
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    Coral reefs are a lot more resilient than previously thought. At least according to a new study published yesterday that showed Pacific island coral reef can grow fast enough to match rising sea levels, even with increased ocean temperatures. Fig. 1: (a) Evidence of stable sea level along the ubiquitous limestone islands of Palau, (b) notches extend approximately 2–3 m […]

  • Coral Reef Fully Regenerates In 12 Years

    • Date: 07/04/13
    • Mark Prigg, Daily Mail
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    A coral reef in Northern Australia severely damaged by warming seas has managed to completely heal itself in just 12 years, stunned researchers have found.  The team found that being left alone to breed on its own was key. The discovery raises hope that other damaged reefs could ‘regenerate’. Scott Reef in Northern Australia, where […]

  • Caribbean Corals: What’s Really Been Giving Them A Hard Time?

    • Date: 08/08/12
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    In introducing their newest study of the subject, Cramer et al. (2012) write that “Caribbean reef corals did not appear to be affected by human activities until the 1980s (Hughes, 1994),” but they say that “since this period, coral cover in the Caribbean has declined by an average of 80% (Gardner et al., 2003) and […]

  • Ravaged Reefs Bounce Back

    • Date: 09/07/12
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    In a new study of coral reefs off the Pacific coast of Panama, a team of scientists has discovered something shocking: those seemingly thriving, permanent reefs have undergone widespread devastation in the past. Even more shocking was the realization that, despite this natural destruction of coral reefs, the reefs bounced back—after laying dormant for 2,500 […]

  • Warming Ocean Unlikely To Kill Coral Reef, New Study

    • Date: 13/04/12
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    Rising ocean temperatures caused by climate change are unlikely to mean the end of the coral on the Great Barrier Reef, according to a new scientific study. ‘‘The good news is that, rather than experiencing wholesale destruction, many coral reefs will survive climate change by changing the mix of coral species as the ocean warms […]

  • Corals ‘Could Survive a More Acidic Ocean’

    • Date: 02/04/12
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    Corals may be better placed to cope with the gradual acidification of the world’s oceans than previously thought — giving rise to hopes that coral reefs might escape climatic devastation. In new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change, an international scientific team has identified a powerful internal mechanism that could enable some corals […]

  • Some Corals Like It Hot

    • Date: 31/03/12
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    A team of international scientists working in the central Pacific have discovered that coral which has survived heat stress in the past is more likely to survive it in the future. The study, published today in the journal PLoS ONE, paves the way towards an important road map on the impacts of ocean warming, and […]

  • False Alarm: Study Finds Coral Reef Growth Thrives In Warmer Waters

    • Date: 05/02/12
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    A GOVERNMENT-RUN research body has found in an extensive study of corals spanning more than 1000km of Australia’s coastline that the past 110 years of ocean warming has been good for their growth. The findings undermine blanket predictions that global warming will devastate coral reefs, and add to a growing body of evidence showing corals […]

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