Sour seas stump coral growth

As it was predicted in various models and observed in many laboratory tests, so it has been demonstrated in the real world. Mimicking the increase in acidity of the world’s oceans in response to the ever increasing CO2 in the atmosphere, marine scientists from Australia and the US have performed a field experiment in circular reefs along the Great Barrier Reef, in which they increased the pH of the seawater to pre-industrial levels. As a result, the corals in those “pre-industrial” reefs were reported to grow some 7% faster than in seawater with a pH that is normal nowadays.

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