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Warmer Waters More Deadly to Coral Reefs Than Pollution

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Science  27 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5492, pp. 682-683
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5492.682

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NUSA DUA, INDONESIA-- Contrary to conventional wisdom, warmer ocean waters are a greater threat to coral reefs than local environmental insults. That assessment comes from a new scientific report released this week that documents a sudden and steep jump in damage stemming from the 1997-98 El Niño-La Niña event.