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Coral Reefs Going Through âEUR~Extremely AlarmingâEUR(TM) Decline in the Caribbean | The Raw Story

Environment  (tags: wildlife, oceans, nature, habitat, environment, destruction, climate-change )

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Coral reefs in the Caribbean are producing less than half of the key ingredient that makes their calcium skeleton compared to pre-industrial times, scientists said on Tuesday, describing the findings as "extremely alarming."

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Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:59 am
Over One-Billion people rely on the worlds oceans for food and protein. (The actual number is now approaching 1.5 billion people.)

With so many people relying on the oceans for food, some basic facts should be pointed out:

Our worlds oceans PH is changing to more acidic levels. This is a direct result of Man's activities that include dumping CO2 into the atmosphere. Atmospheric levels of CO2 are approaching 400 ppm (350 ppm is considered the level that should not be exceeded.) The chemical reaction between the CO2 and the ocean is what is causing our oceans to become acidic. This in turn causes problems for shell fish and corals basic survival.

Next issue deals with the fact that 95% of the worlds fisheries will be commercially extinct by 2023 - if not sooner. I can provide sources that prove this fact!

The oceans currents are slowing due to climate change. These currents are caused by cold water sinking at our arctic regions. As ice caps melt. As our oceans warm. As the climate continues record breaking temperature increases, the circulation is slowing and even beginning to change. These currents also help regulate our planets temperatures - if you slow or stop these currents, our climate will change on a worldwide level.

Other causes include pollution, dynamiting reefs for the aquarium industry, fishing, dust storms that originate in Africa and Asia from droughts - all of which can be traced back to the fact that 7 plus billion people and growing - are having a major affect on our planet!
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