Coral reefs are so fundamentally damaged by climate change that decades of research on how to protect them may not even still be applicable, scientists say. In a study of coral over 20 years, UK scientists found that a warming climate undoes decades of knowledge on coral in protected areas, known as marine reserves. These delicate and vital ecosystems have been used as a guide to rejuvenate biodiversity in other disrupted regions. However, tropical coral reef marine reserves can offer little defence in the face of climate change impacts, meaning conservationists may have to ‘rethink their role’. The team is calling for urgent reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions and poor land practices that leak pollutants into coastal waters, to protect coral reefs. Scroll down for video A recovering reef in Seychelles. Scientists used data from 21 reefs over a 20-year time period, spanning the 1998 bleaching event, to explore how reefs have changed and how this has affected the role of marine reserves RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Coral reefs around the world could disappear by 2100 as the… It’s not too late to save the oceans: Scientists claim… Greenhouse gas emissions have dropped six percent due to… Eruption of… Read full this story
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