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Time running out for Caribbean coral reefs

Time is running out for Coral reefs in the Caribbean. Photo courtesy IUCN/William Goodwin.

Live coral cover has dropped to just 8 percent

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Leading conservation experts used the stage of the IUCN’s quadrennial global summit meeting to once again draw attention to the plight of Caribbean coral reef ecosystems, under pressure from global warming, pollution and overfishing.

Time is running out for reefs in the region, said Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme, explaining that average live coral cover on Caribbean reefs has declined to just 8 percent of the reefs today, compared with more than 50 percent in the 1970s according to the report’s findings. Continue reading

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IUCN ‘conservation Olympics’ starts in South Korea

We’re all in this together. Photo courtesy NASA.

Global environmental issues on the agenda at conservation summit in South Korea

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — When it comes to the global environment, there’s no shortage of issues to discuss, so delegates to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s quadrennial summit meeting should have plenty to talk about the next 10 days.

This edition of the congress starts today on on Jeju Island, South Korea, with 8,000 people from more than 170 countries on-hand to tackle some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the planet. The congress brings together government and non-governmental organizations, scientists, business and community leaders.

Follow the proceedings at the IUCN’s twitter hub.

“Nature is inherently strong, but we must improve how quickly nature and people adapt to change,” said IUCN director-general Julia Marton-Lefèvre. “If we strengthen nature, we’ll see that ecosystems are more resilient and people, communities and economies are healthier.” Continue reading

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