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Brasilia (AFP) Sept 23, 2012
In just five decades, Brazil has lost 80 percent of the coral reef once found along 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) of its northeastern coast, according to a study cited by local media Sunday.
Brazil's reef ecosystems -- with 18 species of coral, algae and at least three types of fish -- lie not far out to sea, near major Brazilian cities like Fortaleza, Recife and Natal.
The study, cited by the G1 news portal, was conducted by the country's environment ministry and the Federal University of Pernambuco.
Lead researcher Beatrice Padovani was quoted as saying that domestic, industrial and farm pollution were factors in boosting sediment accumulation that has devastated the reef systems.
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CO2 from water pollution, as well as air pollution, may adversely impact oceans
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 21, 2012
Carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the oceans as a result of water pollution by nutrients - a major source of this greenhouse gas that gets little public attention - is enhancing the unwanted changes in ocean acidity due to atmospheric increases in CO2. The changes may already be impacting commercial fish and shellfish populations, according to new data and model predictions published in A ... read more
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