Reading around this morning, The Guardian is reporting that all coral reefs will be in trouble by 2050. All coral reefs?
Overfishing, climate change and pollution are now putting so much pressure on reefs systems that Reefs at Risk are saying that the results of recent studies are dire.
Climate models predict that roughly half of the world’s reefs will experience coral bleaching by 2030. and around 95% by 2050. Although reefs can tolerate relatively mild bleaching, any severe distress will be impossible to recover from.
The effects of climate change will overwhelm any conservation projects and efforts, even in Australia where just under 90% of reefs are under strict protection from fishing.
Nancy Knowlton, chair of marine sciences at the Smithsonian insisted that unless carbon dioxide reduction is taken far more seriously, all the Earth’s reefs will be affected by 2050.