Coral reefs 'flattened' over just 40 years

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A DOUBLE whammy of disease and global warming has flattened Caribbean coral reefs in just 40 years. Consequently, the reefs have lost the intricate, tree-like surface corals that provided sanctuary for reef fish and other creatures up to the 1970s, as well as protecting coastlines from the onslaught of waves. “The importance of this complexity is both for biodiversity and for coastal protection,” says Jenny Gill of the University of East Anglia,