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ZIPPING up his wet suit, Dr Affendi Yang Amri dives overboard 24 nautical miles (37 km) southeast of Mersing, Johor, to inspect a section of Pulau Tinggi’s coral reefs. His “living” laboratory lies in the depths of the ocean where corals grow in abundance, forming the foundation of many marine ecosystems.

Diving in the open seas is all in a day’s work for Affendi, and forms part of his continuing research to understand the effects of climate change in the oceans, such as rising water temperatures and rising levels of acidity on coral reef population.

Coral reefs occupy one-tenth of one per cent of the ocean floor, but they provide habitat for a quarter of the world’s fish. With the world so dependent on the oceans for food and natural resources, he wants to understand how coral reefs would adapt to a changing environment.

Discovering the hidden treasures of Tioman, Pahang.Pictures COURTESY OF Dr Affendi Yang Amri.

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  • Composition and saturation of sounds in a forest can reveal its health

  • Pristine sites show greater sound saturation than those with less cover

  • Soundscape data can serve as baseline to compare against future changes

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Education is a key factor in encouraging awareness and changing of mindsets on fighting climate change said the European Union. (Pix by ROSELA ISMAIL)

SUBANG JAYA - Education is a key factor in encouraging awareness and changing of mindsets on fighting climate change said the European Union.

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