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July 25, 2012
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Coral reefs: The first domino to fall

In 2002, a panel of 17 of the world's leading coral reef researchers warned in an article in Science magazine that "projected increases in carbon dioxide and temperature over the next fifty years exceed conditions under which coral reefs have flourished over the past half-million years." In other words, the conditions under which coral reefs have done well are due to expire in 50 years' time.

They specified: By 2030, "catastrophic damage" will have been done to the world's reefs, and by 2050, "even the most protected of reefs" will be showing "massive signs of damage."

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