Why dead coral reefs could mark the beginning of ‘dangerous’ climate change

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The island of Kiritimati is one of the world’s most remote places — one of several dozen atolls making up the tiny island nation of Kiribati, a speck in the Pacific Ocean more than a thousand miles south of Hawaii. But, isolated as it is, news of its devastated coral is turning heads around the world. A recent expedition has revealed that the reefs around Kiritimati have suffered a catastrophic mass die-off — an event that epitomizes what may be an ugly truth about the ability of coral reefs around the world to adapt to the growing threat of climate change.

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climate, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
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  • Created By: Will Rusk
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Apr 13, 2016 - 12:20pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 10:28pm