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Increasing Carbon Dioxide Threatens Coral Reefs

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Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels may be having a greater negative effect on marine coral reef communities than had previously been believed. The health of coral reefs affects other components of the marine ecological system. Research was conducted at Biosphere 2 in Arizona.

WASHINGTON - Researchers at Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center have determined that increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere may cause more harm to marine coral reef communities than previous research had indicated. Dr. Christopher Langdon of Columbia's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and his research team believe that coral growth could be reduced by as much as 40 percent from pre-industrial levels over the next 65 years.


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