Environmental News

Climate study to focus on coral DNA

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The genetic make-up of corals will be studied in Australia and Saudi Arabia to understand how they may one day be able to survive climate change.

Scientists say over the past century the world's water temperatures have increased by 0.8C, leading to increased acidity and coral bleaching.

Now researchers want to understand why some species die from bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef when temperatures rise in summer, but can survive in the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, where the water is on average eight degrees hotter.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/climate-study-to-focus-on-coral-dna/story-e6freono-1226513071015