New Study Reveals Pollution Causes Coral Reef Bleaching and Disease

November 27, 2013 7:12 AM

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Disease and coral bleaching can kill off vast swathes of a reef, which act as crucial nurseries and habitat for fish and other species. Now, scientists have confirmed what they've long suspected; it turns out that nutrient loading can lead to both coral disease and bleaching.

For years, researchers have watched as coral reef health has declined near sewage outflows and areas where fertilizers are an issue. Yet until now, almost no large, long-term experiments have been conducted to study the effect of these nutrients on corals.

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