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


April 29, 2012

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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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