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Pacific Islands May Become Refuge for Corals in a Warming Climate, Study Finds

April 29, 2012

coral reefs near the island nation of Kiribati Scientists have predicted that ocean temperatures will rise in the equatorial Pacific by the end of the century, wreaking havoc on coral reef ecosystems. But a new study by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists shows that climate change could cause ocean currents to operate in a surprising way and mitigate the warming near a handful of islands right on the equator. As a result, these Pacific islands may become isolated refuges for corals and fish. Full Story

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