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14 Dec 2007 01:12:33

Coral reefs being destroyed by emissions

Coral reefs being destroyed by emissions
World leaders need to make drastic attempts to lower the carbon emissions of their countries if the world's coral reefs are to be saved.

That is according to a new study conducted by marine scientists from the Coral Reef Targeted Research (CRTR) group, which has indicated that these ecosystems are seriously under threat from global warming and are in danger of disappearing.

Published in the journal Science yesterday (December 13th), the findings show that the climate change which is occurring as a result of increasing carbon dioxide emissions is making the oceans more acidic and warmer.

This is causing widespread disease among the coral, stifling its growth and pushing it towards "a tipping point for functional collapse".

Drew Harvell, co-author of the CRTR's report, explained: "It's vital that the public understands that the lack of sustainability in the world's carbon emissions is causing the rapid loss of coral reefs, the world's most biodiverse marine ecosystem."

Coral reefs are the largest living structures on Earth and millions of livelihoods depend upon them.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18394808-ADNFCR

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