The world’s coral reefs can be saved by addressing climate change but they will not resemble those of the past, a new study has said.
Future reefs will be defined by corals able to adapt to rapidly changing ecosystems, according to a paper published in the journal Nature.
In April, surveys showed two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef had been severely bleached within two years.
Governments can sustain reefs with immediate action, the researchers said.
Lead author Prof Terry Hughes, from James Cook University, said he was optimistic that reefs would exist into the next century.