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Friday, 12 August 2022 08:20 GMT

Coral reefs are endangered because of pollution

(MENAFN)Although some corals may be able to adapt to climate change, their ability to survive might not stand the global warming unless greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, researchers said Wednesday.

Coral reefs have a great economic value of $375 billion per year because they shelter fish and marine life, protect shorelines and attract tourists to coastal areas.

But reefs are endangering worldwide due to climate change, pollution, storms, bleaching and disease, and up to 90 per cent might die by mid-century, scientists have warned.

Science Advances journal made the study looking at a kind of cool-water coral species known as tabletop corals (Acropora hyacinthus) in the South Pacific's Cook Islands.


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