Liquid nitrogen to preserve coral reef’s future


With the prospect of saving the world’s coral reef now looking so forlorn, scientists have proposed turning to industrial gas to provide a solution – by freezing samples of coral species in liquid nitrogen.

In an ironic collision of nature and industry, it appears that the industrial gas may now be the only short-term answer to a problem seemingly brought on in the first place by the output of harmful gases.

A recent meeting of minds in Denmark saw scientists and politicians alike acknowledge that global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are rising so fast that we are losing the fight to save the coral reef.

The prospects of saving the world’s coral reefs are apparently so bleak that plans are afoot to freeze samples and preserve them for the future. The meeting in the Danish capital of Copenhagen assessed evidence from researchers, which suggested most reefs will not survive even if tough greenhouse gas regulations are implemented.

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