Monday, May 18, 2009

Coral Reefs in Danger

Global Warming Threatens Pacific's Bountiful Coral Triangle

Voice of America — Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea have set new plans to protect the Coral Triangle - a 5.5 million square kilometer area that holds the largest biodiversity in the oceans. Scientists consider it to be the marine equivalent of the Amazon rain forest, and say it is crucial for preserving life in the world's oceans. The agreement was reached in Manado, Indonesia.
In the area of the sea area wedged between Indonesia and the Solomon Islands lies an extraordinarily rich sample of biodiversity: three quarters of all coral species live here, a third of the world's fish, half of its mangroves - all precious ecosystems.
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Climate change threatens millions who live off sea

Associated Press — Around 100 million people risk losing their homes and livelihoods unless drastic steps are taken to protect Southeast Asia's coral reefs, which could be wiped out in coming decades because of climate change, a report said Wednesday.
The Coral Triangle — which spans Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and East Timor — accounts for a third of the world's coral reefs and 35 percent of coral reef fish species
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Asian summit plans to save coral

BBC — Advertisement Six Asia-Pacific countries have signed a plan to save the most important area of coral reef in the world.
The Coral Triangle Initiative is holding its first summit in the Indonesian city of Manado on Friday.
The reef is shared between Indonesia and five other South East Asian nations and is thought to contain 75% of the world's coral species.
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