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New interventions are needed to save coral reefs

We anticipate that conventional management approaches will be insufficient to protect coral reefs, even if global warming is limited to 1.5 °C. Emerging technologies are needed to stem the decline of these natural assets.

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Fig. 1: An integrated approach to reef resilience.

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Anthony, K., Bay, L.K., Costanza, R. et al. New interventions are needed to save coral reefs. Nat Ecol Evol 1, 1420–1422 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0313-5

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