If something doesn’t change, Earth is about to lose one of its greatest treasures.
Latest research brings some really gloomy conclusions. It seems that children who are born today may be the last generation who will be able to see coral reefs, says a marine biologist who is coordinating efforts to monitor the decline of Earth’s colorful ecosystem.
Global heating and ocean acidifications are two enormous threats, and they have already bleached 16 to 33% of all warm-water reefs, according to David Obura, chair of the Coral Specialist Group in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
More reefs will disappear
The Guardian reported that he told The Observer the following words: “It will be like lots of lights blinking off. It won’t happen immediately, but it will be death by 1,000 blows. Between now and 2 degrees Celsius, we will see more reefs dropping off the map.”
Obura added: “Children born today may be the last generation to see coral reefs in all their glory.”
This warning comes after a landmark UN climate report that follows fast global bleaching.
Scientists warn that if the warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius which can happen within the next 50 years or so, there might be the risk of eradication of 99% tropical corals.
Coral bleaching has a massive negative impact
Besides losing one of the most biodiverse habitats that we currently have on this planet, according to the UN report, the enormous impact on fisheries and millions of people who are living in coastal communities will lose their income sources, and they’ll also be less protected against massive storms.
If you didn’t know, corals are called the undersea forests, but unfortunately, they are declining quickly, more rapidly than the Amazon for instance.
It’s also important to note that a simple temperature rise of only 1 degree can trigger the evacuation of the algae and corals depend on them.
The coral bleaching was observed for the very first time back in 1983.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.