11 Jul '18, 9pm

Coral reefs thrive next to rat-free islands, new study finds

Invasive species such as rats, goats and pigs that humans have dropped off — intentionally or inadvertently — on islands around the world are linked to 86 percent of the extinctions of island animals, according to a 2016 study . At the same time, the very existence of the coral reefs that ring many of these islands in the tropics is under threat from warming and increasingly acidic seas. Though climate change and a hotter ocean are complicated problems requiring complex solutions, Graham said this study demonstrated that a straightforward measure like getting rid of rats on islands was something conservationists could do right now. “This is a huge incentive to de-rat oceanic coral reef islands,” he said. “It’s low-hanging fruit.” Graham and his colleagues set out to see whether they could find evidence of links between what was happening on the island with the health of th...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/07/coral-reefs-thrive-next...

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