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Tropical invaders, heat waves and pollution take toll on Australia's kelp forests

ABC News, 22 Nov 2016.

The southerly migration of voracious tropical fish and urchins as oceans warm is threatening precious kelp forests along the east coast of Australia. Read the full story at ABC News.

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Meanwhile, marine heatwaves and pollution are taking their toll on kelp forests that lie off the coast of South and Western Australia.

These are the findings of two separate studies of kelp forests, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Kelp forests are the biological engine that powers the temperate — or cooler water — reefs. They have enormous economic as well as ecological value, contributing in the order of $10 billion a year to the Australian economy.

Read more at ABC News.

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