International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns Hears Grim Forecast
Author: Tarina White
July 11, 2012
"Dr Janice Lough, senior principal research scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, said the growth of calcium carbonate coral skeletons, which form the backbone of the Reef, have been stunted by rising sea temperatures.
"Climate change is not a future event, it’s happening already," she said at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns yesterday.
"We have found a recent slowing of the growing of these corals, Corals are just getting beyond their thermal tolerance level."
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