Study says concerted global and local action required
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A detailed new study supports the idea that protecting coral reefs from local impacts like over-fishing and polluted runoff is a key part of any strategy to try and bolster reefs in the face of climate change.
The researchers concluded that, even though coral reefs are in decline, their collapse can be avoided with concerted global and local action.
“People benefit by reefs’ having a complex structure—a little like a Manhattan skyline, but underwater,” said Peter Mumby, of The University of Queensland and University of Exeter. “Structurally complex reefs provide nooks and crannies for thousands of species and provide the habitat needed to sustain productive reef fisheries. They’re also great fun to visit as a snorkeler or diver. If we carry on the way we have been, the ability of reefs to provide benefits to people will seriously decline.” (more…)
Filed under: biodiversity, climate and weather, coral reefs, Environment, global warming | Tagged: biodiversity, coral reefs, Environment, global warming, University of Exeter, University of Queensland | Leave a Comment »