Friday, 25 February 2011

The Planet is Fucked: Coral Reef Edition

And fucked it is, well and truly, it's heading downhill like snowball headed for hell, and there ain't no turning back. Only when we are done and finished as a species, gone the way of the Dodo, only then can the planet begin the long long process of recovery and healing herself. And why, and by what authority do I say this? I asked me mate, and he's a canny bugger right.

Previous editions of The Planet is Fucked.

Coral Reefs May Be Gone By 2050: Study

A recent study has found that all of the world's coral reefs could be gone by 2050. If lost, 500 million people's livelihoods worldwide would be threatened.

The World Resources Institute report, "Reefs at Risk Revisited," suggests that by 2030, over 90 percent of coral reefs will be threatened. If action isn't taken soon, nearly all reefs will be threatened by 2050. Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states, "Threats on land, along the coast and in the water are converging in a perfect storm of threats to reefs."

The AFP suggests that these threats include overfishing, coastal development, pollution, and climate change. Warming sea temperatures lead to coral bleaching, a stress response where corals expose their white skeletons. In 2005, the Caribbean saw the most extensive coral bleaching event ever recorded, often attributed to rising ocean temperatures. CO2 emissions are also making the oceans more acidic. Because of the rising acidity levels, some scientists claim we will see conditions not witnessed since the period of dinosaurs.

Lauretta Burke, one of the report's lead authors, feels that quick action could help save the reefs. She encourages policymakers to reduce overfishing and cut greenhouse gas emissions. If action is not taken though, millions of people will suffer. Shorelines will lose protection from storms -- a Time Magazine post suggests that up to 90 percent of the energy from wind generated waves is absorbed by reef ecosystems. If reefs are lost, coastal communities will lose a source of food security and tourism. HuffPo



  2. the planet is being fucked by the unlimted amount of ignorant wankers who refuse to beleive it is or who dont care. Head up their arse - can only see their own shit!