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Caribbean coral reefs 'could vanish in 20 years'

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Posted in Science on 2nd Jul, 2014 10:58 PM by AlexMuller

Many of the Caribbean's coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Data from more than 35,000 surveys suggests that habitats have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s. The report's authors believe that over-fishing and disease is mainly to blame. 

 

They say the trend could continue if nothing is done, but with protection the reefs could bounce back. Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme, said the findings were alarming.

 
"The reefs support a number of different countries and populations," he said. "Tourism is one of the biggest industries, and the health of the reef is essential to the well-being of many of the people living there. And of course they are immensely beautiful and wonderful places as well."
 
The report, which was also authored by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, looked at data collected between 1970 and 2012 from 90 reef habitats and is the most comprehensive assessment of corals in this region.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-03
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We here so many warnings about devastation in the near future due to climate change at least in part caused by human activity and yet not nearly enough is being done. What we are waiting for? Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-03
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The repost is a big warning " that many reefs in the Caribbean were undergoing a dramatic transformation - changing from colourful realms, bursting with life, to barren habitats, covered in slimy algae." Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-03
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The Caribbean is not the only area that has seen losses to coral reefs. Around the world, these habitats are doing badly. Conservationists say that warming ocean temperatures are driving some of the losses. As temperatures rise, corals lose the tiny algae that live in their tissues, causing them to turn white - a process known as coral bleaching.
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