December 2, 2013

Protection From Marine Pollution Would Help Coral Reefs Recover

One of the longest and largest experiments ever done to look at the effects of pollution on coral reefs showed that it could lead to coral disease and bleaching. The three-year study found that elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorous—common in areas affected by sewage discharge or fertilizers from agriculture—double the prevalence of disease and tripled the amount of coral bleaching in reefs, a sign of stress. But here’s the good news. Researchers found that once the pollutants were controlled, corals recovered in a surprisingly short time. They’re resilient little buggers. Researchers say that programs to reduce or eliminate pollution should help restore coral health and that this is actually “very good news!”

[ Read the Article: Marine Pollution Impact On Corals Is Harsh, But They Can Recover ]

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