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Scientists Examine Novel Options to Save Coral Reefs

Coral bleaching off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, in September 2016
Coral bleaching off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, in September 2016. Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Stephanie Roach
Apr 19 2018

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An important consideration is weighing the costs and benefits of potential interventions such as moving species around the world, committee chair Stephen Palumbi told Eos, while bearing in mind those that have sometimes gone awry. Past failures are “a huge wake-up call” about the need to be “very careful” in considering and potentially using new interventions, added Palumbi, a professor of marine biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, Calif.

The goal is to have coral reefs “that can persist and thrive and still benefit humans even if we’re causing the climate to change into the future,” he said.