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Restoring Coral Reefs Is One Key to Puerto Rico’s Economic Future

Back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 did a combined $94 billion of damage to Puerto Rico and left 3,000 inhabitants dead. One message buried in the losses made is that coral reefs matter. But the coral around Puerto Rico is dying. Globally, about half the reefs are already dead.  Coral dies due to climate change, pollution, overuse, misuse, and abuse. Christelle Garcia, a marine biologist who manages sponsored programs for Bluetide Puerto Rico, explains that the warming ocean kills coral. The increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere also creates a chemical reaction that raises the acidity of the…
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