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Scientists Blame El Nino, Warming for 'Gruesome' Coral Death

The coral on the South Pacific sea floor around Kiritimati looked like a boneyard in November — stark, white and lifeless. But there was still some hope. In April, color returned with fuzzy reds and browns, but that's not good news. Algae has overtaken the lifeless coral on what had been some of the most pristine coral reefs on the planet, University of Victoria coral reef scientist Julia Baum said after dozens of dives in the past week. Maybe 5 percent will survive, she...

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