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NIPCC IR1 - Chapter 8 - Aquatic Life

August 29, 2011

Chapter 8 examines research on the effects of rising temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentrations on aquatic life. While some corals exhibit a propensity to bleach and die when sea temperatures rise, others exhibit a positive relationship between calcification, or growth, and temperature. The latest research suggests corals and other forms of aquatic life have effective adaptive responses to climate change enabling them to flourish despite or even because of climate change.