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Swifter decline for coral reefs

Date : 8th August 2007, Source : BBC Link to News Story

Coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans are disappearing faster than had previously been thought, a scientific study has shown. Nearly 1,554 sq km (600 sq miles) of reef have disappeared each year since the 1960s - twice the speed at which rainforest is being lost. The corals are vanishing at a rate of 1% per year, a decline that has begun decades earlier than expected. Details of the survey appear in the journal Plos One.

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