According to a new report, if humans do not take drastic measures to reduce emissions and slow climate change, almost all of Earth’s coral reefs will be dead in 30 years. Even with immediate reduction, it could be too late to save many of these reefs. This could potentially doom the marine species who call coral reefs their home.
It will also deprive around half a billion people worldwide of their livelihoods and cultural heritage, according to a press release. Professor of paleobiology at the University of Leicester in PLACE Jens Zinke said “coral reefs are the ‘canaries on the coal mine’ when it comes to sensing ecosystems under stress from ocean warming due to climate change,”
In the report, experts showed how the last 30 years of research into climate change’s effects on coral reefs show that rising ocean temperatures will have devastating impacts on the reefs. To minimize the damage, the Vibrant Oceans report highlighted six recommendations for governments and conservation organizations to focus on future efforts.
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