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New study finds 80% of Caribbean coral reefs destroyed since 1960s

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian A major survey of the coral reefs of the Caribbean is expected to reveal the extent to which one of the world’s biggest and most important reserves of coral has been degraded by climate change, pollution, overfishing and degradation. The Catlin scientific survey will undertake the most comprehensive survey … Continue reading New study finds 80% of Caribbean coral reefs destroyed since 1960s

Study finds that 70% of coral reefs will collapse even if warming is kept to 2°C

By Inter-Press Service Limiting climate change to two degrees C won’t save most coral reefs, according to new, state-of-the-art research. About 70 percent of corals are projected to suffer from long-term degradation by 2030 with two degrees C of warming, the first comprehensive global survey reported Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. The planet … Continue reading Study finds that 70% of coral reefs will collapse even if warming is kept to 2°C

Ocean acidification poses dire threat to coral reefs

By the Associated Press Oceans’ rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, acting as the “osteoporosis of the sea” and threatening everything from food security to tourism to livelihoods, the head of a US scientific agency said Monday. The speed by which the oceans’ acid levels has risen … Continue reading Ocean acidification poses dire threat to coral reefs

56 coral species may go extinct this century due to climate change and ocean acidification

By ENews Park Forest Without help, more than 50 coral species in U.S. waters are likely to go extinct by the end the century, primarily because of ocean warming, disease and ocean acidification, a government report said today. The National Marine Fisheries Service released a status review of 82 corals that are being considered for … Continue reading 56 coral species may go extinct this century due to climate change and ocean acidification

Rampant mining in Australia threatens Great Barrier Reef

By Oliver Milman / The Guardian A UN environmental team has arrived in Australia for a crunch 10-day assessment of the Great Barrier Reef, warning that the coral ecosystem is at a “crossroads” due to the soaring activity of the mining industry in the World Heritage Area. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation … Continue reading Rampant mining in Australia threatens Great Barrier Reef