Scottish coral reefs at risk from climate change

Scottish coral reefs at risk from climate change

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Scottish deep-sea coral reefs are under threat from the consequences of climate change, according to a new study.

Marine scientists at Edinburgh University have produced research which warns that changes to winter weather conditions could threaten the long-term survival of coral populations, upsetting fragile ecosystems that support an array of marine species.

“This research highlights the need for greater action to address climate change and the importance of having a coherent network of well-managed, properly-resourced marine protected areas,” said a spokesman for WWF Scotland.

Corals allow diverse forms of marine life to thrive by building reef structures that provide protection from predators and safe spaces to reproduce.

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