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4 Months ago

Climate change an imminent threat to glass sponge reefs: First long-term lab study of glass sponges reveals dire impacts of ocean warming and acidification

Warming ocean temperatures and acidification drastically reduce the skeletal strength and filter-feeding capacity of glass sponges, according to new research. The findings indicate that ongoing climate change could have serious, irreversible impacts on the sprawling glass sponge reefs of the Pacific Northwest and associated biodiversity -- the only known reefs of their kind in the world.

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