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Coral Reefs in Decline -- 25% of Marine Life Linked to them!



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An estimated 20% of the world's coral reefs are damaged, perhaps irreparably.

They could be progressively lost over the coming decades as they continue to face harmful fishing practices, disease, coastal developments, pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, which lead to increased sea level, ocean acidification, and water temperatures.

Coral ecosystems are worth hundreds of billions of dollars to the global economy, and millions of people rely on healthy coral ecosystems for food, recreation, storm protection and more.

Some 25% of all marine life is also linked directly to coral ecosystems.

Additional research is needed to more accurately explain natural processes and forecast human-induced change. The USGS provides decision makers with assessments of coral ecosystem history, ecology, vulnerability and resiliency to help them develop mitigation and adaptation strategies.

As Coral Reef Awareness Week (July 20-24) approaches, it's the perfect time to learn more by viewing the USGS Coral Science Plan (PDF) or listening to a podcast interview on coral reefs.


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 7/3/2009
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