Author: Erin M. Massey
Source: Medill Reports 
May 31, 2012
"The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology monitors the effects of global warming, pollutants and changing ocean pH levels on coral and other marine life. Coral is an indicator of a healthy - or stressed - ocean environments and the institute is the hub for all of the major coral reef research in the United States.
Scientists and research students at the institute study a variety of subject areas including coral genetics, the impacts of climate change, rising ocean temperatures, ocean acidification and coral bleaching.
Coral have sweeping economic and cultural value and offer coastal protection. The coral reefs near Hawaii are among the most vast and the healthiest in the world. Damage to the coral reefs and ocean ecosystems is a direct indicator of global impacts such as global warming. On a larger scale, the impacts on marine life influence the food supply and people's lives in numerous ways."
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