Leading marine researchers highlight global warming threats
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Coral reefs are such a fundamental link in marine ecosystems that their loss causes ecological ripples felt far beyond immediate coastal areas.
The current widespread decline of reefs around the world — exacerbated by global warming — is huge cause for concern, according to 2,600 of the world’s top marine researchers gathered this week in Australia for the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium.
To try and draw more attention to the plight of coral reefs, the scientists released a Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Coral Reefs, calling for a worldwide effort to overcome growing threats to coral ecosystems and to the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on them. (more…)
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