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66 Corals Declared Endangered Due to Global Warming, Ocean Acidification

66 Corals Declared Endangered Due to Global Warming, Ocean Acidification

For Immediate Release, November 30, 2012 Contact: Miyoko Sakashita, (415) 632-5308 66 Corals Declared Endangered Due to Global Warming, Ocean Acidification SAN FRANCISCO— The federal government proposed today that 66 species of coral should be newly protected under the Endangered Species Act, 12 as “endangered” and 54 as “threatened,” because global warming, disease and ocean acidification are driving them toward extinction. Today’s proposed rule by the National Marine Fisheries Service responds to a 2009 scientific petition by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking the Act’s protection for 83 corals in U.S. waters. Of the corals covered in the proposed rule, seven occur in Florida and the Caribbean and the remaining live in the Pacific, including Hawaii. Pillar coral photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/NOAA. Photos are available for media use. In 2006 the Center secured...

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