A study conducted by scientists of National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) in Kavaratti found that the coral species, Porites, are threatened. They say that global warming is the reason, and rising carbon di-oxide levels hamper their growth considerably. It might even reach a stage where the species might altogether be wiped out from the Lakshadweep Islands.
The corals’ growth rate has decreased from 2 cm to 1.25 cm per year between 1993 and 2003. If it is not checked and conserved, other coral groups, too, will follow in the same fate.