Coral Reefs: February 2011 Archives

The World's Reefs at Risk


Recently, the World Resources Institute released a new study on the state of the world's coral reefs. This study, a sequel to a 1998 report, is called Reefs at Risk Revisited, and presents a comprehensive analysis of coral reefs, including how they are affected by climate change, and their outlook for the future. It includes a Global Reefs Map, which serves as a visual tool for understanding how the health of reefs varies geographically.  Even for those of us who are involved in reef conservation, the findings are alarming, with 75% of the world's reefs threatened by human activity and rising ocean temperatures, but only 20% currently protected. It also estimates that 90% will be threatened within two decades.  

The introductory video summarizes the findings:

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