Posted by: islandsfirst | July 14, 2008


Some overdue attention is being paid to one of the more perilous threats to small island economies. An article entitled “Coral Reefs Face Extinction” is up at, along with pictures including the one below of dead reefs off the Maldives.

Murky Future

The article expounds on their critical role in marine ecosystems, but fails to mention their role in human economies. The loss of shoreline protection, healthy fisheries and tourism dollars may be a more imminent threat to many a small island economy than the longer-term consequences of climate change.

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