Pacific islands on equator may become refuge for corals in a warming climate due to changes in ocean currents

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Pacific islands on equator may become refuge for corals in a warming climate due to changes in ocean currents

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 12:22 PM PDT

Scientists have predicted that ocean temperatures will rise in the equatorial Pacific by the end of the century, wreaking havoc on coral reef ecosystems. But a new study shows that climate change could cause ocean currents to operate in a surprising way and mitigate the warming near a handful of islands right on the equator. As a result these Pacific islands may become isolated refuges for corals and fish.
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