A. Neufeld / Coral Reef Restoration Foundation

Nursery-bred coral planted on reefs as part of a massive effort to save America’s only inshore tract do well initially, but most don’t survive beyond seven years.

The findings, published this week in the journal PLOS One, indicate what many scientists already know: reefs can’t be saved without fighting global warming.

Didier Noirot / OceanX

Impacts from climate change, overfishing and poor water quality continue to destroy Florida's coral reefs. The conservation nonprofit OceanX has launched a mission focused on conserving and documenting the reefs.

Miami Herald archives

As South Florida's ritzy coastline, bejeweled with luxury condos and posh hotels, has come under increasing threats from flooding and storm surge driven by climate change, scientists have focused on reefs to defend that wealth.