Coral Reefs: The Dying and the Dead

A new study published in the journal Science spells the doom of the world’s Coral Reefs. From a story on NPR with one of the Authors of the study:

The world’s coral reefs are in great danger, threatened by climate change and rising carbon dioxide levels. Increased CO2 could greatly shift the chemistry of ocean waters, threatening the existence of most coral species.

A story last year in the Smithsonian Magazine said this:

The world’s coral reefs are in trouble. According to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), an international consortium of scientists and volunteers, only 30 percent of reefs are healthy now, down from 41 percent in 2000. United States government agencies, conservation organizations and other scientists echo the point. A few go so far as to say that coral reefs in some areas may be doomed. In the Caribbean, the area of seafloor covered by live hard coral has decreased by 80 percent in the past 30 years.

80 Percent! Now, I’m no math-wiz, but I’d say that’s a lot in 30 years.

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