In a study published last year, “Species-specific responses to climate change and community composition determine future calcification rates of Florida Keys reefs” the effects of Global Warming were tested on four common coral species in Florida. Of the four coral species, three demonstrated damage to calcium carbonate. The fourth did not seem sensitive to the affects. The study did not take into consideration the damage associated with coral bleaching, the process of algae abandoning the reefs and depriving the coral of needed glucose. After running several models it’s projected that by 2100 declines in coral could range from 10%-100%. If CO2 levels are reduced coral decline would likely be below 20%. How can you help? Here are some ways you can help reduce your carbon footprint at home, work, or on the road.
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