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Not only do coral reefs have symbolic value, their unique biodiversity also supports the livelihoods of over a billion people. But 2015 is predicted to be disastrous for corals.
Projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States suggest that, by the end of the year, several coral ecosystems could be damaged beyond the point of no return. A combination of climate change and pollution could spell disaster even for the biggest and most resilient coral reefs, with incalculable costs for those who rely on them.
In this video, SciDev.Net goes behind the scenes at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, United Kingdom, to meet aquarium curator Jamie Craggs. He explains how researchers are striving to induce captive corals to spawn. They believe that growing strong and healthy corals in the lab may fast track coral research and eventually help counteract the threats reefs face.