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Thursday, February 14, 2008
Coral Reef Decay and Environmental Sustainability

Creating The Environmental Economy

The United Nations has measurable data that was taken between 1964 and 2004 for the Indo-Pacific Coral Reefs that shows one third of the coral reefs died in the 30-year period of 1964 to 2004.

By 2030, scientists believe that as much as 60% of the world's coral reefs will be gone. The impact from this will be that much of the plant, fish and crustacean life associated with these dying reefs will also disappear due to loss of habitat. Scientists believe the coral reefs are declining because of higher peak water temperatures caused by global warming, and also through rising oceanic pollution.

It is possible that the significant loss of coral will also remove other life from other parts of the oceans and seas though interdependency. Restoring the ocean, sea and land habitats throughout the world to previous levels of biodiversity and abundance is becoming critical for the continuity of all life. Air and water pollution on the lands, oceans and seas are today at levels that cannot be sustained. Over fishing has depleted some fish species to levels close to extinction, and air pollution like C02, can no longer be absorbed at its accelerating levels.

Bringing life back to the ecosystems throughout the world requires that all countries work together within the United Nations to write global standards for the protection and restoration of world environments. Environmental standards will promote new economic reward systems, along with new global industries and innovative products required to enact the environmental improvements.
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