A study of more than 200 square miles of reefs on Hawaiian islands has found those farther away from pollution and coastal development will be better off following a 2019 heatwave.

When onshore development happens, Pollution rises, which invades the reef ecosystem, creating a non-favorable environment for coral reefs that are already struggling to survive the warming waters.

Researchers at Arizona State University with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory explained in a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that when ocean temperatures rise, different types of corals and their environment change survival potential.


Arizona ARR-iz-OH-nə; Navajo: Hoozdo Hahoodzo Navajo pronunciation: ; O’odham: Alĭ ṣonak) is a state in the Western United States, grouped in the Southwestern and occasionally Mountain subregions. (wikipedia)

Greg Asner

Gregory P. Asner is an American ecologist whose global work has focused on ecosystems, conservation, and climate sciences. (wikipedia)

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