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The World’s Coral Reefs Face Serious Problems by 2100 | Climate Central

The World’s Coral Reefs Face Serious Problems by 2100 | Climate Central | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Research suggests by 2100 there will be no sea water left with properties that supported coral reef growth in the past.

Via Kathy Dowsett
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This article discusses the chemical circumstances that are necessary for coral reefs and the issue of reduced levels of aragonite, which is vital for the survival of coral reef structure. Pollution and fossil fuels emissions will prevent the necessary chemicals to thrive in the ocean, thus causing serius problems for the future of marine life.

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Fast facts: why coral reefs are important to people

Fast facts: why coral reefs are important to people | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Conservation of ocean environments, seas, coasts, the coral reefs and their magnicient diversity of marine animals and plants.
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Quick and easy to read facts about how coral reefs are important to people!

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Cooling ocean temperature could buy more time for coral reefs

Cooling ocean temperature could buy more time for coral reefs | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Limiting the amount of warming experienced by the world's oceans in the future could buy some time for tropical coral reefs, say researchers.
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This article brings to light a method of trying to save the corals from destruction by using solar radiation 'geoengineering'.

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One-Quarter of World's Coral Reefs Destroyed

More than a quarter of the world’s
coral reefs have been destroyed by pollution and global warming and
unless drastic measures are taken, most of the remaining reefs may
be dead in 20 years, scientists said today.
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This article discusses that the "rain forests of the sea" have many uses, but one-quater of the world's coral reefs being destroyed is not a good outlook for the future.

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New study warns on coral reef diversity

The world's most diverse coral reef regions may be under greater threat from human populations than previously thought, according to a new global scientific field study.
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This site discusses the fact that coral reef diversity is vital for other ocean populations to thrive and prosper. The destruction of coral reefs thus will also impact other species.

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Coral Grief: Warming Climate Threatens Reef Destruction: Scientific American

Coral Grief: Warming Climate Threatens Reef Destruction: Scientific American | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
If the reefs go, it won't just be corals that disappear from the world's oceans
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This Scientific American article discusses the real threat to the environment that reef destruction is causing. It states, "corals are the backbone of the ecosystem."

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Oceans: Coral Reefs Facing a Triple Threat | TIME.com

Oceans: Coral Reefs Facing a Triple Threat | TIME.com | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
I was traveling yesterday, speaking on a panel about electric cars at Harvard University's Belfer Center, so I didn't get a chance to cover yesterday's news closely.
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This is a wonderful article that provides information that preserving coral reefs is about protecting coastal communities, preserving cultures, food security, and ensuring thriving economies. It gives the hard facts that without taking action the reefs are in danger.

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Teachers' Domain: Sustaining Healthy Coral Reefs in Micronesia

Teachers' Domain: Sustaining Healthy Coral Reefs in Micronesia | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Learn about the dual impact of land pollution and climate change on coral reefs, and the steps being taken by communities in Micronesia to protect them, in these two videos adapted from the Micronesia Conservation Trust.
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These two videos are great visual resources for students to watch and see the impact of the destruction of coral reefs. Also include in the site are excellent tools for teaching the subject such as discussion questions, vocabulary terms, class activities, research activities, and group activites.

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Corals and Coral Reefs

Corals and Coral Reefs | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Coral reefs contain colorful and amazing animals, but are threatened by human activities. Images, videos, and facts from around the world.
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This is a wonderful site from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History that gives meaningful insights on coral reefs and their importance in the world. This site also provides scientist insights about conservation and research projects concerning coral reefs.

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The World’s Coral Reefs Face Serious Problems by 2100 | Climate Central

The World’s Coral Reefs Face Serious Problems by 2100 | Climate Central | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Research suggests by 2100 there will be no sea water left with properties that supported coral reef growth in the past.

Via Kathy Dowsett
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This article discusses the chemical circumstances that are necessary for coral reefs and the issue of reduced levels of aragonite, which is vital for the survival of coral reef structure. Pollution and fossil fuels emissions will prevent the necessary chemicals to thrive in the ocean, thus causing serius problems for the future of marine life.

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Coral reefs need lowered carbon-dioxide emissions to survive

Coral reefs need lowered carbon-dioxide emissions to survive | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Deep cuts in carbon-dioxide emissions are required to help coral reefs survive, a new study suggests.
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Carbon-dioxide emissions are causing a problem for coral reefs.

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Human deforestation outweighs climate change for coral reefs

Better land use is the key to preventing further damage to the world's coral reefs, according to new research. The study has important implications for Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
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This article discusses how deforestation is causing a climate change and thus also causing the destruction of coral reefs in Australia.

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Major changes needed for coral reef survival

Major changes needed for coral reef survival | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
To prevent coral reefs around the world from dying off, deep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions are required, says a new study.
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This article provides changes that will need to occur in order to be certain of coral reef survival.

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Under the Sea, Coral Reefs in Peril

Under the Sea, Coral Reefs in Peril | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Coral communities are dying around the world. Scientists point to a warmer and increasingly acidic ocean as the cause.
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Despite efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions there continues to be an increase of emissions each year. Something needs to be done fast or the coral reefs and many other species are in deep trouble.

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Coral Reefs — Global Issues

Coral Reefs — Global Issues | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Coral reefs are rich in life, but are dying around the world. This page explores some of the problems in further detail.
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Discussion of not only the global threat of coral reef destruction, but also the environmental and human value of coral reefs.

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Mapping the Decline of Coral Reefs : Feature Articles

Mapping the Decline of Coral Reefs : Feature Articles | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Coral reefs represent some of the densest and most varied ecosystems on Earth. Over the past 50 years the health of these reefs have been declining.
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This article from the NASA earth observatory discusses how mapping of the coral reefs may help to save them. It also provides examples of what is causing this terrible desruction.

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NOAA's 25 Things You Can Do to Save Coral Reefs

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This site provides 25 things we can do now in order to save the coral reefs from further destruction.

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Threats to Coral Reefs | Coral Reef Alliance

Threats to Coral Reefs | Coral Reef Alliance | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
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This article from the Coral Reef Alliance talks about the many different threats coral reefs are facing. This site is also an excellent way to get involved with the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet's coral reefs

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Adopt a Coral Reef

Adopt a Coral Reef | Destruction of Coral Reefs | Scoop.it

Adopt a Coral Reef and help to save them.

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This site from The Nature Conservatory allows you to adopt a coral reef by raising funds for reefs and fish in The Bahamas, Palau, Dominican Republic, and Papua New Guinea. Make a difference! Every penny counts.

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Submarine springs reveal how coral reefs respond to ocean acidification - environmentalresearchweb

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Lower pH levels in seawater are causing a reduction of calcification rates for coral reefs. Check out a brief look into how pH chemistry is causing problems for reefs with this article

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