Original Published Date: 
Friday, October 11, 2013

Media issued by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
In a  world-first, scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef  Studies (CoECRS) have shown that tropical corals have the ability to fight back against acidifying oceans caused by human emissions of carbon dioxide. While the threat of coral bleaching from higher sea-surface temperatures and direct  human impacts still present serious risks to the long-term prospects for coral reefs, the research findings suggest that many corals have the ability to largely offset the effects of increasingly acidic oceans.