While Florida scientist Dr. David Vaughan was clearing coral from the base of a tank, it shattered into dozens of pieces. The distraught expert expected it to take a full three years to regain its former size. However, as he monitored its regeneration, he learned something that might just help to save the ocean’s fragile ecosystems.
Hardly a day goes by when the words “climate emergency” aren’t uttered in some capacity. And anyone who’s been paying close attention for the last few years will know that coral reefs are in crisis. Indeed, the world’s largest living structure, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is in particularly dire straits; two-thirds of it was declared dead in 2017, lost to bleaching caused by the ocean’s rising water temperature.