7 creative techniques to keep coral reefs alive

7 creative techniques to keep coral reefs alive

Since the threats to coral reefs vary depending on location, scientists are customizing solutions to help them survive.

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Coral is beautiful and colorful — but it also provides a large number of ecosystem services. (Photo: Jolanta Wojcicka/Shutterstock)

We’ve heard plenty about the rapid and dramatic loss of coral reefs over the last decades. According to some estimates, as much as half of the world’s coral has already disappeared in the last 30 years alone. Parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef had lost more than 70 percent of their coral by 2016, and some scientists are calling coral loss an extinction-level event…