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Temperature rise puts reefs at risks

Coral reefs will not survive a global temperature rise of 2°C, scientists have warned.

A study published in Nature Climate Change earlier this month revealed the role of coral reefs as marine ecosystems would be threatened if global mean temperatures reached 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures.

Co-author Dr Malte Meinshausen said there was a small window of opportunity for the world’s coral reef ecosystems to be saved from degradation.

“If we are not reducing greenhouse gas emissions rather swiftly, this already small window of opportunity will be effectively closing within a decade,” he said.

The study of 2,160 reefs involved researchers from Canada, Germany and Australia.

Coral Reef at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Photo cedit: Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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