Climate change

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Staghorn corals

Staghorn corals are particularly sensitive to changes in the marine environment, and climate change is already having measurable impacts on coral reefs worldwide.

Bleaching - the loss of symbiotic algae which occurs when corals experience environmental stress, increases with rising sea temperatures.

Increasing acidity in the oceans affects the coral’s ability to produce skeletons, leading to erosion of coral reefs and making them vulnerable to disease.