Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

30 August 2020

Protect the coral reefs

They protect us

photo: Francesco Ungaro @unsplash

Oil spills like the one which took place in Mauritius on July 25th have a devastating impact on coral reefs which are fundamental to marine ecosystems.

As a matter of fact, corals support a quarter of all marine life, provide at least half a billion people with food security and livelihoods; protect coastlines from damage by buffering shorelines against waves, storms and floods. Estimates indicate coral reefs account for $2.7 trillion per year in ecosystem service value.

Almost half of coral reefs globally have already been lost. It is time for countries to join hands to address the global coral reef crisis.

Read the whole article on the Unep site



Also read:

The PhD Annalisa Azzola explains the consequences of climate change on these fragile marine organisms

“Corals are the ‘architects’ of the marine environment” explains Annalisa Azzola, PhD in Marine Science and Technologies at DISTAV, University of…

Fin whale songs could help scientists map what lies below the seafloor

Their songs are loud enough to penetrate Earth’s crust and reveal deep structures. Fin whale songs can be up to…

Scientists inquired how marine animals use light to camouflage themselves.

The coloration of animals in the ocean follows a surprisingly regular pattern by depth, most likely tied to how light…