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‘Death blow’: Corals, algae don’t acclimatise to more acidic seas

Coral and algae species subjected to more acidic seawater showed no acclimatization to the new conditions for over a year, a new study has found, suggesting that vulnerable reefs may not be able to adapt fast enough to cope with climate change. With oceans absorbing about 22 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere a day, seas have already become about 30 percent more acidic over the past two centuries. 

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