Scientists are urging a global response to the growing threat of coral reef collapse.
The United Nations is calling for urgent action to combat coral bleaching, a condition where coral reefs die by calcifying to a point where the corals are unable to sustain themselves.
“It is a critical time for coral reefs to recover and recover fast, but in the worst cases, they could disappear entirely,” said James O’Keefe, the director-general of the World Resources Institute.
In recent years, coral reefs have been the target of increased coral bleached areas around the world.
The World Conservation Union estimates that by 2050, nearly one-third of all coral reefs will have been bleached, and the oceans will be at a “global tipping point” due to climate change, with global coral cover falling by up to 80 percent.
The problem with coral reefs is that they are hard to study because of their high density and low photosynthetic capacity.
The problem is compounded because of the many species that live in them.
“Coral reefs are a keystone species of the marine environment, providing important food for fish, birds and mammals and also a crucial carbon sink,” said O’Reilly, the institute’s executive director.
“In fact, the coralline algae that make up coral reefs produce nearly 20 percent of the carbon that is absorbed by the atmosphere and contributes to the climate-changing effect of global warming.”
In an interview with The Wall St Journal, O’Regan said he sees a “growing threat” from corals.
“What we are seeing is that corals, like many other marine organisms, are dying in large numbers.
They are dying from overfishing, overfusion, acidification, the overfarming of the oceans,” he said.
“They are dying because of climate change.”
The World Wildlife Fund is launching a campaign called The Marine Life Killer: How To Stop Coral Reef Bleaching.
The campaign aims to encourage consumers to think twice about buying corals from companies that sell them in the U.S. and other countries.
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Coral bleaching is occurring at an alarming rate worldwide.
In the U., the U, Mexico, Brazil and Peru have seen the most bleaching.
There are also reports of coral bleaches in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Antarctic, the Indian Ocean, and Australia.
Bleaching has been reported in Alaska, Brazil, and parts of India, the Philippines and South Africa.