News: 4th Global Coral Bleaching Event Confirmed

Coral Reefs: Vital and Vulnerable

The effects of climate change are being felt by all.

The world’s oceans are warming at an unprecedented rate, causing widespread bleaching and loss of corals. Half of our planet’s reefs have already disappeared.

The latest science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that, even if the average global temperature rise is limited to 1.5°C, 70-90% of tropical coral reefs could be gone by 2050. At 2°C or above, almost none will survive.

From a single polyp to an entire ecosystem, from fishing villages to global industries; the ecological and economic impact of losing our planet’s reefs would ripple out far and wide, and reverberate for years to come.

We must dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or face serious consequences.

Global climate change is not the only threat that coral reefs have to face. They are also under increasing pressure from the following local stressors:

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Pollution

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Unsustainable coastal development

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Overfishing