Red Sea coral growth 'to halt by 2070'

A species of coral in the Red Sea could stop growing by 2070 if current warming trends continue, say scientists.

A team of US researchers, using 3D technology, said that the rate of growth of Diploastrea heliopara had declined by 30% since 1998.

Rising sea surface temperature was already "driving dramatic changes" in the growth rate in the important reef-building organism, they observed.

The findings have been published in the journal Science.

 

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