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Reef Report for Friday, December 14, 2007

Climate Change and Coral Reefs
It’s Time to Protect Coral Reef Ecosystems

With this week’s climate talks in Bali drawing the focus on climate change I was doing a bit of research online (OK, I was googling around, I admit it.) I encountered the excellent article below which summarizes the threats of a warming world climate to coral reefs worldwide. © NASA

I will let the article speak for itself, as it’s author, Professor Janice M. Lough is both a better writer than I am as well as an extremely experienced marine scientist. Her article makes the hard science accessible, and has an extensive list of links to the resources she drew on to write the summary.

While coral bleaching is the threat to coral reefs that is most commonly associated with climate change, there are others that could be equally or more serious if ocean waters warm significantly, with acidification of the ocean being a prime suspect threat. The article is well worth the 15 minutes it takes to read.

Today at the climate talks it appears that the talks are stalled, which is disappointing, so I will go ahead and do my part…. I encourage you to contact the politician that represents you in your capital, and ask them what they are doing about climate change. (That’s what I just did.)

I guess individual action in the order of the day, I am off to replace our office lights with low energy using LED lights, and will be leaving the car at home again, as I ride my bicycle into town to work.

Read Professor Lough’s Article

(C) DiveTheReef The weekly reef report is written by Joel Groberg of DiveTheReef.com, who compiles them from the many conversations he has with dive staff in the area, as well as  many other local sources in the dive community.

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