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4 New Papers, One Alarm-Dispelling Conclusion: Future Sea Level Rise May NOT Threaten Islands After All

4 New Papers, One Alarm-Dispelling Conclusion: Future Sea Level Rise May NOT Threaten Islands After All

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Share this…FacebookTwitterAs reported in 4 separately-published papers, scientists have discovered a mechanism whereby islands can build themselves up naturally, thwarting the threat of sea level rise.  Tuck et al. (2019) affirm the “implications of island building are profound, as it will offset existing scenarios of dramatic increases in island flooding.” Earlier this year, Duvat (2019) […]

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A New Study Finds Rising Sea Levels PROTECT Coral Reefs From Bleaching And Mass Deaths

A New Study Finds Rising Sea Levels PROTECT Coral Reefs From Bleaching And Mass Deaths

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Share this…FacebookTwitterLong-term observation of coral reefs indicate rising sea levels “not only promoted coral cover” but also “limit damaging effects of thermally-induced bleaching” (Brown et al., 2019). Image Source: Brown et al., 2019 This new paper  is an expansion of the research conducted by the same lead author in 2011 (Brown et al.). Brown and […]

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New GBR Study: 400% Coral Recovery Since 2014 - With 2017 Growth Rates Comparable To The 1970s

New GBR Study: 400% Coral Recovery Since 2014 – With 2017 Growth Rates Comparable To The 1970s

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Share this…FacebookTwitterA long-term (50 years) study of a Great Barrier Reef (GBR) ecoystem finds corals may quickly recover from El Niño disturbances. According to scientists (Yan et al., 2019), coral reef ecosystems thrive in centennial-scale warming phases such as the Medieval Warm Period and Current Warm Period, whereas they experience population declines (“switch-off” episodes) during […]

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Coral Mortality Rates Higher During Cold Periods - And There's Been Recent Cooling In Coral Environments

Coral Mortality Rates Higher During Cold Periods – And There’s Been Recent Cooling In Coral Environments

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Share this…FacebookTwitterIn the coral habitats of the Western Indian Ocean, SSTs have cooled by -0.8°C since the 1980s (Watanabe et al., 2019). It has long been established that exposure to extremely low temperatures induce coral bleaching and high mortality rates just as much as warm SSTs do. Further, colder periods – which are associated with […]

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