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Coral Reef Conservation & Climate Change: 'We Have The Environment Facilitating Humanity,' Scientist Says

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Imagine if the reefs of the world, once coated by colorful corals, suddenly became bare. What would it mean for humanity?

I reached out to Dr. Stuart Sandin of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography to learn more about coral reefs. These complex ecosystems are threatened by human activities like overfishing, pollution, and climate change.

In an interesting twist, we can learn a lot about the paleoclimate by studying corals. Ironically, the very organisms that can teach us about climate science are being threatened by climate change.

Learn more about coral reef conservation by clicking the link below and watching the video above. And join the discussion in the comments section below. Come on, talk nerdy to me!


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