U.S. coral reefs in trouble, scientists warn

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    Coral reefs in trouble, scientists warn - CNN.com
     
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    They're in trouble world wide.

    The changing temperature and Ph is killing them.

    As the ocean absorbs more CO2 it changes the acidity.

    Here's something to ponder...

    The world's oxygen is mostly created by oceanic plant life.

    What happens if the oceans/ plankton levels change significantly as the PH changes?

    I'm not holding my breath to find out, let me tall yas'.
     
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    You will have NO problem. Oceanic plant life will exist if Co2 is present. It is the way of nature. If a resource exists, species will exists. We find species in all regions of the world. In fact, if Co2 continues to rise we will only see more algae blooms and aquatic plant life.
     
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    Good grief, the reefs have been in trouble for 40 years.
     
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    Hawaiian coral suffers from bleaching...

    Scientists see severe coral bleaching near Oahu
    6 Oct.`14 — While people in Hawaii have been sweating out a lack of trade winds, corals underwater are also suffering.

     
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    The OP's link does not work and a search of CNN for the title given produced no results.

    An algae bloom is NOT a good thing. It algae tends to rise to the surface where it blocks the light hurting organisms below, like the algae that symbiotically coexists with corals - algae blooms are a very bad thing for corals.

    Corals have proven sensitive to a number of factors but they're receiving a 1-2 punch here. Increasing temperatures and increasing CO2, worldwide, harm corals.
     
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    There was a time in earth's history when there were no coral reefs.

    Yet here we are...

    And here we will be long after coral reefs are dead and gone.
     
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    ...rising ocean temperatures

    LOLz
     
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    It will be much simpler for humans to survive without coral reefs than it will be to survive without hydrocarbons.
     
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    Without hydrocarbons, half the world's population would not exist today.
     

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