Reports about dying coral reefs because of global warming come in regularly. However, there are coral reefs that can survive warmer waters and that can even thrive despite the rising heat. A coral common in the Red Sea can thrive even at temperatures 2°C higher than the present maximum in the area. When the coral was subjected for six weeks to warmer conditions, it grew even faster than it does now. The research shows some species may be able to adjust to global warming. This study involved only one coral species, and did not look at reproductive success or the effect on coral ecosystems as a whole.

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