Air pollution 'affects coral growth'

2013-04-08 10:40
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Cape Town – Researchers have found evidence that aerosols from burning fossil fuels are affecting the growth of corals in the Caribbean, the BBC reported.

They say that these sooty particles can cool sea surface temperatures and limit the size of reefs. But they also believe this chilling effect could prevent the corals from bleaching in warmer waters.

The research is published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Coral reefs all over the world have been under pressure from a range of human impacts. 

With a rise in global ocean temperatures recorded over the past century, there have been growing concerns that the warmer waters will become more acidic and as a result will bleach the corals.
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