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Can corals adapt to climate change?
November 1, 2017
Cool-water corals can adapt to a slightly warmer ocean, but only if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, a study in Science Advances found. Some corals in the normally cool waters of the Cook Islands carry genetic variants that predispose them to heat tolerance. This could help the population adapt more quickly to rising temperatures. But they may not adapt quickly enough to outpace climate change. Full Story
University of California, Davis
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