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Warmer Seas May Rob Corals and Rainforests of Protective Clouds


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Source: DNA India

February 21, 2010

 

London - New research has suggested that rising ocean temperatures may leave corals and rainforests without clouds for protection.

 

Five years ago, Graham Jones and his team at Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, demonstrated that algae living in coral tissue produce a gas called dimethyl sulphide (DMS). When released into the atmosphere, DMS helps clouds form over coral reefs. Jones says that the clouds block sunlight and cool the sea.

 

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