Global Warming Slows Coral Growth in Red Sea

Global Warming Slows Coral Growth in Red Sea

Global warming is wreaking havoc on plant and animal populations around the world: Polar bear habitats are melting, giant trees in Yosemite are thinning, and branched coral in the Caribbean has been largely killed by bleaching due to warmer water temperatures. Now researchers believe global warming is also responsible for slowed growth of one species of coral in the Red Sea.

A new study published in Science and conducted by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) used CT scans to determine that growth of diploastrea heliopora coral has dropped by 30 percent, and they fear it could stop growing altogether by 2070, if not sooner.

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