Coral bleaching will hit the world’s poor

… Climate change is responsible for increased sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification – due to higher levels of dissolved CO2 – which lead to increased mass coral bleaching and mortality, reduced growth of corals and weakened animal skeletons. More acid ocean waters have already reduced coral reef calcification, and therefore growth rates and structural strength of coral skeletons, by 30 percent.

IUCN press release, 17 November 2006.

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