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Coral Reefs Under Threat


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A Hawksbill sea turtle swims off Lady Elliot Island, Australia, in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
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A Hawksbill sea turtle swims off Lady Elliot Island, Australia, in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Recent studies show that coral cover along Australia's Great Barrier Reef has shrunk by half since the mid '80s as warmer seas, storms and starfish colonies kill off organisms. We'll discuss the health and preservation of these fragile ecosystems.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Jen Smith, assistant professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego
  • Michael Webster, executive director of the Coral Reef Alliance, a conservation non-profit
  • Terrence Gosliner, senior curator and dean of science and research collections at the California Academy of Sciences

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