"The world’s coral reefs do more for the planet than provide underwater
They buffer shorelines from the effects of hurricanes. An estimated 500
million people earn their livelihoods from the fishing stocks and
tourism opportunities reefs provide. The tiny animals that give rise to
reefs are even offering hope for new drugs to treat cancer and other
Despite their importance, warming waters, pollution, ocean
acidification, overfishing, and physical destruction are killing coral
reefs around the world. Schemes to save those reefs are as creative as
they are varied; most recently, scientists released data showing that
marine protected areas can help save reefs if they are placed in just
the right spots. Genetics is also becoming a larger area of coral
research, giving scientists hope they might one day restore reefs with
more heat tolerant coral.
But now, in the lead-up to World Oceans Day on June 8, scientists
caution that these and other strategies may only buy reefs time until
world leaders implement aggressive climate change action."
Via Frederick Wilson II.
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics