A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shed new light on the skeleton-building process and suggests that rising temperatures — not acidification — should be our first concern.
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"If there are to be coral reef remediation strategies, they should not focus on countering ocean acidification, they should focus on countering ocean warming,” lead author Pupa Gilbert says in a statement.
Gilbert is a physicist who specialises in biominerals. “To save coral reefs we should lower the temperature,” not focus on regulating the acidity of the oceans, she says.