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Monday, July 6, 2009

Coral Reefs Done For by 2100?

Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations of 450ppm by 2050, something likely to happen with current emission reductions proposals put forth by the wealthy nations of the world, mean that the world's coral reefs will be put on the path to extinction in the latter half of the century, Reuters reports scientists as saying:

367ppm is Coral Reef 'Breaking Point'

Already at the current levels of 387ppm reefs are in serious decline due to ocean acidification and rising water temperatures. In order to preserve them carbon dioxide levels should be stabilized and reduced to 320ppm, with 367ppm seen as the coral reef "breaking point."

Coral Reef Deaths Could Lead to Human Deaths

Previous studies have shown that if coral reefs are allowed to die—'allowed' being chose carefully, for that's what we are allowing to happen through inaction on climate—in addition to the inestimable losses to biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural capital, millions of people whose lives directly and indirectly depend on coral reefs for sustenance and livelihood will be imperiled.

link: Current Emission Reduction Targets Spell Death by 2100 For World's Coral Reefs : TreeHugger


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