Disappearing Corals: The Effects of Climate Change and Anthropogenic Activity on Coral Reef Ecosystems http://extrememarine.org.uk/coralreefsversusclimatechange Why? How? and what can be done to save these most beautiful of habitats from disappearing altogether... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:44:55 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.4 http://extrememarine.org.uk/coralreefsversusclimatechange/2010/12/14/61/ http://extrememarine.org.uk/coralreefsversusclimatechange/2010/12/14/61/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:08:24 +0000 Rebecca Wilcox http://extrememarine.org.uk/coralreefsversusclimatechange/?p=61

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Is it true what they say? http://extrememarine.org.uk/coralreefsversusclimatechange/2010/12/14/14/ http://extrememarine.org.uk/coralreefsversusclimatechange/2010/12/14/14/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:06:00 +0000 Rebecca Wilcox http://extrememarine.org.uk/coralreefsversusclimatechange/?p=14 Continue reading ]]> “Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is expected to exceed 500 parts per million and global temperatures to rise by at least 2°C by 2050 to 2100

“Globally, best estimates suggest that about 10% of coral reefs are already degraded, many beyond recovery, and another 20% are likely to decline further within the next 20 years. At least two-thirds of the world’s coral reefs may collapse ecologically within the lifetime of our grandchildren, unless we implement effective management of these ecosystems as an urgent priority.”

“Recent UNEP (United Nations Environment Programmes) estimates have put the loss of reefs by the year 2100 at 30-50% of currently healthy coral reefs.”

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