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Time running out for Caribbean coral

2012-09-08 07:31

San Juan - The International Union for Conservation of Nature says the Caribbean's reefs are in sharp decline, with live coral coverage down to an average of just 8%.

That's down from 50% in the 1970s. The non-governmental organization released a report on Friday at an international environmental conference in Korea.

The causes include overfishing, pollution, disease and bleaching caused by rising global temperatures.

The group says the situation is somewhat better in some places, including the Dutch islands of the southern Caribbean and the British territory of the Cayman Islands, with up to 30% cover in places.

But the union concludes that "time is running out" and new safeguards are urgently needed.

Comments
  • sue.robertson.9083 - 2012-09-08 08:45

    Oh no - not our beautiful oceans, if you are a scuba Diver you will relate to this.

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-09-08 08:51

    It's time to change the world, eish!

  • sam.goldberg.988 - 2012-09-10 16:02

    It's okay, everybody, this isn't true. A lobby group backed by big industry have informed me that climate change isn't real and that we can carry on producing waste indefinitely.

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