Electricity Revives Bali Coral Reefs

Electricity revives Bali coral reefs


By JOSEPH COLEMAN


ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER


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A reporter inspects corals growing on a metal structures submerged by conservationists and fed by electrical cables linked to the shoreline, in Pemuteran bay, Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007. As thousands of delegates, experts and activists debate climate at a massive conference that opened Monday in southern Bali, the coral restoration project across the island illustrates the creative ways scientists are attacking the ill-effects of global warming.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)


PEMUTERAN BAY, Indonesia -- Just a few years ago, the lush coral reefs off Bali island were dying out, bleached by rising temperatures, blasted by dynamite fishing and poisoned by cyanide. Now they are coming back, thanks to an unlikely remedy: electricity.


The coral is thriving on dozens of metal structures submerged in the bay and fed by cables that send low-voltage electricity, which conservationists say is reviving it and spurring greater growth.



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