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Posted Tue Sep 24 2013: from The Independent:
Coral alert: destruction of reefs 'accelerating' with half destroyed over past 30 years
The rapid decline of the world's coral reefs appears to be accelerating, threatening to destroy huge swathes of marine life unless dramatic action is swiftly taken, a leading ocean scientist has warned. About half of the world's coral reefs have already been destroyed over the past 30 years, as climate change warms the sea and rising carbon emissions make it more acidic.... "Our oceans are in an unprecedented state of decline due to pollution, over-fishing and climate change. The state of the reefs is very poor and it is continuing to deteriorate," said Professor Hoegh-Guldberg, of the University of Queensland. "This is an eco-system that has been around for tens of millions of years and we are wiping it out within a hundred. It's quite incredible."
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