Global warming and coral reefs, how are the two related?

Global warming and coral reefs are inextricably linked, global warming is causing weather conditions which leads to the death of corals at nightmare levels. More the 600 square miles of coral reef is destroyed EVERY YEAR, that is an area roughly the size of Houston.

Global warming and coral reefs destruction, is projected to cost more than 250 million people around the world their means to survival in the coming decades.

It seems only fairly recently people have started to consider the impact coral reef destruction will have on the world and its populations.

The vast majority of people consider only global warming, polar icecap melting, rising seas and climate change with the associated impact this will have upon populations on land.

Recently however more is being said about Global warming and coral reefs and the fact that coral reefs are disappearing at an alarming rate, 1% per year and this has been going on for decades. The rate is said to be five times faster than the rate of deforestation on land.

Who in the public arena has ever said anything much about this?

Rain forests are said to be the lungs of the earth - let it be known that Coral reefs are the heart of the earth…….

The Global warming and coral reefs problem is exacerbated by several factors

  • Coral reefs protect the coastline from erosion, shorelines and shoreline populations will be severely affected by the decrease in protection from wave action.
  • Deteriorating reefs will result in decreasing fish stocks which millions upon millions of people are dependent for, not only their livelihoods, but their sustenance in subsistence communities.
  • The destruction of coral reefs will steadily eradicate the replenishment of fish life from the worlds oceans.

In December 2009 the Jakarta Post reported that two islands off West Nusa Tengarra, Pengadah and Kapal, had disappeared beneath the waves as a result of intensive and persistent exploitation of the reefs surrounding those islands. The destruction of the reefs exposed the islands to increased wave action and subsequent erosion to the extent of their eradication.

This is just a microcosm of what faces many thousands of miles of coastline with the coral reef destruction we are causing.

I had a small altercation with a group of people on Facebook a few weeks ago where one person flippantly remarked that Global Warming was rubbish and he felt, even though a layman, he was knowledgeable enough to ‘take on’ these so-called experts in a debate about whether humans were causing climate change or not.

I find it very difficult to maintain a calm demeanour in the face of that kind of ignorance. For me the point of this whole thing is

  • Human activity is creating havoc with the stability of ecosystems both on land and at sea. I cannot believe anyone can or will argue against that.
  • Our current levels of carbon dioxide emissions are poisoning the seas, destroying animal life in such enormous numbers and at such a pace that in a matter of a couple of decades we have gone from bad to disastrous and are staring down the precipice, while we argue about whose fault it is?
  • Whilst we as individuals may ‘do our bit’ by recycling, turning the lights off, unplugging our cell phone chargers when we aren’t using them, the real power we have is in our vote.


We really don’t have the time anymore to mess around, all of this is going to have happen now - real change is needed.

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