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Coral Daily Download: Cheltenham Festival day three – Latest racing odds on St Patrick’s Thursday

Coral Daily Download: Cheltenham Festival day three – Latest racing odds on St Patrick’s Thursday

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Coral's Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil-less Sports Breakfast to round up the latest Cheltenham Festival odds.Day three is St Patrick's Thursday in Gloucestershire and, while Irish fans will be mouring Ruby Walsh's injury which ended his Festival on Wednesday, there is still plenty of racing action to enjoy, with the Ryanair Chase (2:50) and the Stayers Hurdle (3:30) the pick of the day’s races.Listen to the latest Coral Daily Download, above, for a lowdown on all the latest from Cheltenham, plus Premier League and Champions League odds!Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports BreakfastLet's block ads! (Why?)
How ocean acidification weakens coral skeletons

How ocean acidification weakens coral skeletons

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Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The ongoing acidification of Earth's oceans is a threat to a variety of marine organisms, including coral, the backbone of many diverse ecosystems.According to a new study published this week in the journal PNAS, acidification is curbing coral's ability to reinforce the strength of its skeleton through thickening."Our research incorporates the nuances of coral skeletal growth, enabling more precise projections of how, where, and by how much, ocean acidification will affect tropical reef-building corals," Nathaniel Mollica, an oceanography at the Woods Hole Institute in Massachusetts, said in a news release.Lab experiments attempting to measure the effects of acidification on corals have offered varied results, but the latest research suggests such confusion is a product of...
A third of coral reefs 'entangled with plastic'

A third of coral reefs 'entangled with plastic'

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Plastic is one of the biggest threats to the future of coral reefs after ocean warming, say scientists.More than 11 billion items of plastic were found on a third of coral reefs surveyed in the Asia-Pacific region.This figure is predicted to increase to more than 15 billion by 2025.Plastic raises by 20-fold the risk of disease outbreaks on coral reefs, according to research. Plastic bags, bottles and rice sacks were among the items found."Plastic is one of the biggest threats in the ocean at the moment, I would say, apart from climate change," said Dr Joleah Lamb of Cornell University in Ithaca, US. "It's sad how many pieces of plastic there are in the coral reefs ...if we can start targeting those big polluters of plastic, hopefully we can start reducing the amount that is going on to the...
Coral Daily Download – Manchester City 1/4 to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

Coral Daily Download – Manchester City 1/4 to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

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Coral Daily Download - Manchester City 1/4 to sign Alexis SanchezThursday, January 11, 2018Coral’s John Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Alexis Sanchez is reportedly close to signing for Manchester City, and you can get 1/4 on the Chile attacker being at the Etihad by February 2. There is also a suggestion that Andy Carroll could move from West Ham to Chelsea, and that is available at 4/1.Man City, meanwhile, are at 20/1 to complete the quadruple of Premier League, Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Champions League this season.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports BreakfastLet's block ads! (Why?)
Coral reefs head for 'knock-out punch'

Coral reefs head for 'knock-out punch'

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRepeat bouts of warmer seawater are posing a significant challenge to the world's tropical corals. A study of 100 reefs, published in Science Magazine, shows the interval between bleaching events in recent decades has shortened dramatically. It has gone from once every 25-30 years in the early 1980s to an average of just once every six years today. Bleaching is caused by anomalously warm water, which prompts coral polyps to eject their symbiotic algae. This drains the corals of their colour and is fatal unless conditions are reversed in a reasonably short time. But even if temperatures fall back quickly, it can still take many years for damaged reefs to fully recover. "If you go into the ring with a heavyweight boxer, you could probably stand up ...