A fifth of the world’s coral are now extinct as a result of human activity, a new study has suggested.
The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) has released a report which claims that the direct consequences of growing levels of pollution will destroy most of the world’s remaining reefs in the next 20 to 40 years.
In addition, the report, which was put together by contributors in 96 countries, disclosed that this destruction will have “significant” effects on developing countries dependant on the reefs for food and tourism.
Clive Wilkinson, coordinator of the GCRMN in Australia, said: “Unless the world gets serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the next few years, it is likely there will be massive bleaching and deaths of corals around the world.”
Coral reefs are structures produced by living organisms that support a wide variety of animal and plant life.
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