Coral reefs worldwide are dying off due to CO2 pollution.

Discussion in 'Politics' started by futurecurrents, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on this planet. They are home to numerous species of marine life and offer a plethora of benefits both to natural ecosystems and to the human population. Coral reefs bring in enormous funds to coastal countries through tourism, fishing, and discoveries of new biochemicals and drugs (Hoegh-Guldberg 1999). Additionally, they provide natural coastal protection and building materials (Hoegh-Guldberg 1999). However, coral reefs are experiencing massive die-outs all around the world. At first, many thought the biggest threats to coral reef health were direct anthropogenic effects such as water pollution and sedimentation, but now it is clear that the problem is much larger in scale (Wilkinson 2011). 50-70% of coral reefs are directly affected by anthropogenic global climate change (Hoegh-Guldberg 1999). Rising global temperatures, increasing oceanic CO2, and other consequences of climate change are all affecting coral reef health in a negative way
  2. fhl


    I wonder how much of the 70 billion the gov't has spent since 2008 wound up bribing these guys to make up this stuff.
  3. Wow. You're insane aren't you? I'll bet you also think 9/11 was an inside job and the moon landing was faked.

    Take your meds. Better yet....get new ones and check yourself in to the nearest psychiatric hospital, quickly.
  4. jem


    perhaps if the grant whores had not siphoned off billions on the fraudulent warming crap... we could be working on this issue.

    it is true they are dying..
    is it co2 or pollution or warming not sure.
  5. Ricter


    But, there is no warming... isn't that what you said?
  6. Many times.:).

  7. pspr


    What a load of crap from one of our resident retards.

    I'm sure an asteroid is going to be taking out futurecunt any day now. The odds favor it. :D
  8. Yes, we already know that you think science is crap and that you are a dishonest, ideologically deranged POS. Tell us something new.
  9. pspr


    You are an idiot. Those are old studies and have been thoroughly debunked idiot. You have got to be one of God's biggest fools. :D

    The mainstream print media has been misinforming the public for years about man's affect on coral reefs - finally, '60 Minutes' tells truth that NYT & WAPO cover up

    "Scientists say the world's reefs are being harmed by a complex combination of factors; including pollution, agricultural runoff, coastal development, and overfishing. It turns out fish are essential to the health of a reef...The reason this reef's doing so well, Fabian Pina believes, is that it's far from the mainland and well-protected...Maybe it’s because this ecosystem is being protected, it’s got a leg up on other ecosystems around the world that are being heavily fished and heavily impacted by pollution. So that makes it more resilient. That’s one of the theories that if we do what we can locally that these reefs have a better chance of being resilient to what’s happening globally."

    "There is a very important message from this news report. The risks to coral reefs are dominated by local interference by humans on its ecosystem function. Such effects include local pollution (e.g. runoff from rivers and shorelines and from shipping; overfishing including the major predator species such as sharks)...Despite this short reference to global warming in the CBS report, the report is quite an important addition to the broadening out of environmental issues beyond the myopic focus on global warming. The contrast between reef health near Veracruz, Mexico and the Cuba Preserve should convincingly show objective readers that coral bleaching from global warming is clearly not the largest threat to the health of tropical coral reefs."
  10. pspr


    <b>Dynamics Of Coral Reef Recovery</b>

    Coral reefs suffer mass mortality because of coral bleaching, disease, and tropical storms, but we know much more about when, where, and how rapidly these ecosystems have collapsed than we do about their recovery. Gilmour et al. (p. 69; see the Perspective by Polidoro and Carpenter) studied a highly isolated coral reef before and after a climate-induced mass mortality event that killed 70 to 90% of the reef corals. The initial recovery of coral cover involved growth and survival of remnant colonies, which was followed by increases in larval recruitment. Thus, in the absence of chronic disturbance, even isolated reefs can recover from catastrophic disturbance.
    #10     Jun 5, 2013