Over the next 2 decades, researchers and experts believe that around 70 to 90 percent of all coral reefs that are present in our oceans will disappear because of the warming of the oceans, acidic water, and water pollution.
By the year 2100, climate change will reportedly kill nearly all of the coral reefs on planet earth.
The projection was presented at the annual Ocean Sciences Meeting last week by researchers at the University of Hawaii in Manoa.
At the end of the current century, viable aquatic sites for coral reefs could be in vastly short supply.
Renee Setter, one of the University of Hawaii’s Manoa researchers said by the year 2100, coral reefs will look like a grim.
Coral Reefs only cover less than 1 percent of the planet’s surface, but they are responsible for hosting more than 25 percent of our marine wildlife.
Water pollution and the pollution all over the world poses numerous threats to creatures in the ocean, but recent studies suggest coral reefs are mostly at risk of dying because of emission-driven changes in their environment.
Talking about how we can combat plastic and water pollution, Setter said trying to clean up beaches is a great idea.
She explained, “Trying to clean up the beaches is great and trying to combat pollution is fantastic. We need to continue those efforts. But at the end of the day, fighting climate change is really what we need to be advocating for in order to protect corals and avoid compounded stressors.”
As humans, this is the perfect time to come all together and act against climate change. We should remember that this is the only livable planet that we have in our solar system, and if we don’t save it, we are doomed!