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Unformatted text preview: tiny algae which live symbiotically inside the corals and supply them with food. The heat stress damages the algae and in consequence leads to coral death. This largest of these bleachings so far occurred in the autumn of 2005 when much of the Caribbeans Corals died. The author warns that global warming may mean a death sentence for many of the worlds coral reefs and that most of the world could be gone in our lifetime if the present rate of destruction continues. The end of this article describes other effects of global warming that could threaten coral reefs including; more frequent tropical storms, heavy rains and flooding. It also says that local conservations actions alone will not be enough to protect the coral reefs and that our only chance to save them is to limit the global temperature increase by the end of the century to less than 2 Degrees Celsius....
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- Spring '08