Climate change: The good news

A new study found that coral reefs are better at resisting the ravages of climate change than scientists had thought. Earlier reports had forecast that the reefs could be gone by mid-century. The newer study found that the reefs adapt somewhat to the changed conditions. But the news is only partly good -- that means that the reefs will probably be around until the end of the century, and only if there are reductions in carbon dioxide levels. Above: A coral reef. MORE YEAR IN REVIEW: Ted Rall's five best cartoons of 2013 Washington's 5 biggest 'fails' of 2013 10 tips for a better life from The Times' Op-Ed pages in 2013
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