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Coral reefs in the central and western Pacific are disappearing twice as fast as rainforests are on land–faster than was previously thought, a new study says.
The reefs in this region, called the Indo-Pacific, are disappearing at a rate of 1 percent per year–nearly 600 square miles of reef have disappeared per year since the late 1960s, researchers found.
The Indo-Pacific contains 75 percent of the world's coral reefs, including Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the largest single structure built by living organisms (it can be seen from space), and has the highest coral diversity in the world.
The pattern of loss across the entire study area indicates that coral loss is a global phenomenon, likely brought on by large-scale stressors such as climate change, coral disease, predators, nutrient pollution and overfishing.
While reefs cover less than 1 percent of the ocean globally, they are an integral part of coastal communities because of their high biodiversity and the economic benefits they provide in tourism and protection of coastal land from storms.
Originally posted by discomfit
Americans are going to learn one day that being ignorant of facts doesn't make it OK to violate them. I just hope that day comes sooner rather than later. The reef are very important, no one can emphasize this enough.
Originally posted by Cloak and Dagger
USA is not the only contributer. Nor are they drastically more so then some of the other industrial nations.