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Reef Report for Wednesday, February 14, 2007

UN Global Warming Report Released
Climate change cited as threat to long-term health of coral reefs worldwide

The United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first of four reports last week. That news, as well as leaked portions of the second report, due to be released on February 16th, while sensational, was not surprising to many people.

The IPCC is a large group of scientists, policy makers, and leaders assembled by the Unitied Nations to review the large body of scientific research on our climate, and to make predictions and recommendations. © NASA Their goal, as the IPCC states it is to ". assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation."

We wonít comment on the leaked portion of the report; we donít have a copy of the draft of IPCC Report #2, and would only be repeating what other news outlets are saying without having read the draft ourselves.. We wait with great interest for the second report, which will contain specifics about the impact that global warming will have on ecosystems, communities, and economies. A draft of this report is circulating, and itís predictions include some serious impacts on coral reefs worldwide, due to increased ocean temperatures. This would include the Great Barrier Reef, as well as many other ecosystems, and not just coral reefs.

We urge you to learn as much as you can about climate change, and to urge your political leaders to start creating policies that will help reduce the amount of climate change we are causing, and also to plan on how to protect ecosystems and economies from the impact of climate change. Itís not hard, this topic is in the news daily, and the IPCCís reports are available online.

The IPCC website

IPCC Working Group Report: Climate Change 2007, The Physical Science Basis

The Age: Reef Facing Function Extinction in the Future

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