Global warming threat to coral

Scientists warn: global warming could eradicate coral by end of century

Coral could be wiped out by the end of the century because of global warming, scientists have warned.

In a new study published today, a respected group of marine scientists warn that the burning of fossil fuels is not only making oceans warmer, but also making them more acidic, which is eroding old coral and threatening new growth.

‘It’s vital that the public understands that the lack of sustainability in the world’s carbon emissions is causing the rapid loss of coral reefs, the world’s most biodiverse marine ecosystem,’ says Drew Harvell, of Cornell University.

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, lead author of the paper, adds: ‘This crisis is on our doorstep, not decades away. We have little time in which to respond, but respond, we must!’

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