Climate Change: A Deadly Threat To Coral Reefs

19.04.17 By , and

Intensifying climate change remains the biggest threat to coral reefs around the world, with rising sea surface temperatures driving widespread bleaching events, according to the Climate Council’s latest report.

The report ‘Climate Change: A Deadly Threat to Coral Reefs’, shows worsening bleaching events are also placing tourism and global economies at risk, with the loss of coral reefs potentially costing an astounding $1 trillion.

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KEY FINDINGS

1. The Great Barrier Reef is experiencing severe bleaching in 2017, following the worst bleaching event on record in 2016.

2. Climate change is threatening our reefs and
putting their future health at extreme risk.

3. Coral reefs are a huge economic asset, providing jobs and incomes to local communities.

4. We must rapidly reduce greenhouse
gas emissions now to protect our reefs.

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