Too late to save coral species: researchers

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Australia’s leading researchers on coral say many species will become extinct over the next 50 years.

A conference in Fremantle has looked at the effects of global warming on marine life, and specifically the effects of rising sea temperatures and acid levels.

Conference participant Doctor Bruce Russell from the Northern Territory’s Department of Natural Resources says the impact of global warming on coral is now irreversible.

“There’s not a lot we can do, but we can mitigate the effects by reducing other impacts that are likely to affect coral – for example coastal development, increased sediment loads, and the like.”

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