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State of the Oceans report sends stark warning for health of marine ecosystems

State of the Oceans Report: Sending Out An SOS

A preliminary report released today by an international panel of interdisciplinary marine scientists on behalf of the International Programme on the State of the Oceans gives a stark warning that unless the combined threats facing the world’s ocean are not curbed soon, a marine mass extinction could occur on a scale unprecedented in human history. “The findings are shocking,” said…

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A coral reef turned white by bleaching, a stress reaction to high ocean temperatures

Imperiled Coral Reefs, Gone by 2050?

  Even now, three-quarters of all coral reefs around the world are threatened. By 2050 “nearly all” coral reefs will be gone unless something is done soon to stop it, according to a report released last week by the World Resources Institute. Assaulted by warming temperatures, acidifying waters, pollution, and overfishing, coral reefs are aptly described as the “rainforest of…

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Bleached coral across the globe: a harbinger of climate change

Sea Surface Surface Temperatures Lead to Coral Bleaching Across the Globe

A global coral bleaching event is underway that many scientists fear will surpass 1998, the last global coral die-off that bleached and killed 16 percent of the world’s coral. Already, rising sea surface temperatures have devastated coral off the coast of Indonesia after ocean temperatures in the coastal waters spiked to 93 degrees Fahrenheit earlier this year. The record heat…

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