September 30, 2010

Future Of Coral In The Spotlight

The future of the world's coral reefs in a time of dramatic change and increasing human pressures is the focus of a major scientific symposium in Canberra, Australia,on October 7 and 8, 2010.

Leading marine scientists from Australia, Britain, the USA, Israel and other countries will report on the latest findings on the state of the world's reefs and their prospects for survival in the coming decades.

"Coral Reefs in a Changing Environment" celebrates more than 80 years of Australian coral research and is part of The International Year of Biodiversity 2010.

Highlights of the scientific program include talks on:
"¢ Ocean acidification, its present and future impacts on corals and fish
"¢ The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef
"¢ What we are discovering about mysterious cold water corals
"¢ Can fish cope with climate change?
"¢ How we can save the Coral Triangle, the world's largest and most diverse coral region supporting more than 250 million people to our north
"¢ Latest science to help sustain our coral reefs.

Media are invited to attend the symposium and interview the scientists. It is being held at the Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome, near the Australian National University in Canberra.

A public forum on coral will be held at the National Museum of Australia on October 7 from 6.30pm to 7.30 pm. It will feature five of the world's top coral experts and be hosted by science communicator Dr Robyn Williams. The public and media are welcome to attend.


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