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Good news from NOAA: coral reefs can adapt to warming

October 30, 2013

Watts Up With That?

NOAA is dialing back the alarm a bit with realizations that nature has equipped these organisms with adaptation strategies that have served them over the millennia.

New study suggests coral reefs may be able to adapt to moderate climate change

Coral reefs may be able to adapt to moderate climate warming, improving their chance of surviving through the end of this century, if there are large reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, according to a study funded by NOAA and researched by the agency’s scientists and its academic partners. Results further suggest corals have already adapted to part of the warming that has occurred.

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