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The Guardian view on coral: sea creatures with charisma | Editorial

The decline of tropical reefs should alarm us. But there is reason to hope that they will adapt to surviveCoral reefs, like tropical rainforests, have a special place in natural history. Covering just 0.2% of the ocean floor, they are home to around a quarter of all sea species. Because of this fecundity, and their flamboyant array of colours, shapes and sizes, reefs are rightly understood as wonders of the world. Reports of their destruction carry a painful sting. Like images of the burning Amazon, pictures of bleached coral are disturbing - their whitened, empty forms a warning of nature's wider decline.There is now around half the amount of coral that there was in the 1950s, and the outlook is not good. Rising sea temperatures, coastal and marine developments, overfishing and pollution all expose these highly sensitive environments to acute stress. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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