Posted by: islandsfirst | July 22, 2008

Oceanic Osteoperosis

The former chief scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science has joined Greenpeace in trying to bring attention to the nexus of fossil fuels and coral reef extinction:

Although ocean acidification brought on by climate change could be the death knell among the litany of threats to these factories of marine biodiversity, media coverage of the issue has been tepid. A recent highlight is coverage by the Independent‘s Steve Connor, including pictures such as this one from Conservation International‘s Sterling Zumbrunn:

The paramount interest small island developing states have in this issue is certainly not news. In addition to serving as barriers to storm sturge, coral reefs are the cornerstones of many island economies. The loss of fish and tourism revenue will spell their end well before their submergence from sea-level rise.

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