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Meet the coral farm restoring reefs wrecked by climate change

By Allyson Chiu

29 Sep 2022 · 12 min read

Editor's Note

We all know how crucial climate solutions are at this time. In this article, we are introduced to the 'coral factory', a start-up growing reefs for the future.

Sam Teicher hovers over a section of Rainbow Reef, his yellow and black scuba fins stilling in the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Contrary to the reef’s colorful name, the corals below him make up a bleak palette of grays. He looks up from the broken, stick-like pieces and uses one hand to make a slicing motion across his throat. Dead.

Leaving the coral graveyard behind, Teicher swims to another area of the reef nearby, carefully steering clear of healthy elkhorn corals that dot the seascape.

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