Often when people think of climate change their minds travel to the polar regions. Polar bears, standing on melting ice, have become the poster species in the fight to halt our changing climate. However, in reality, the impacts of our fossil fuel consumption are reaching far beyond those on the ice caps. The tropics too are feeling the adverse effects of our warming planet. Climate change is killing our coral reefs, and fast.
Less than 1% of the ocean floor is occupied by coral reefs, but they are home to 25% of all marine life on Earth. Known as the world’s underwater cities, they form nurseries for roughly a quarter of the ocean’s fish, and one third of all marine species depend on them for one or more stages of their life cycle.
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