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JL
- 832 days ago - biologicaldiversity.org
The common root or driver of most,possibly all, of these threats is the number of humans populating the planet & the level of human consumption of natural resources{report: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/05/docs/006_ corals_status_review_threats.pdf



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JL A. (278)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 11:03 am
Human Population
This chapter describes a multitude of threats or stressors that affect coral populations and contribute varying degrees of
extinction risk. The common root or driver of most, possibly all, of these threats is the number of humans populating the
planet and the level of human consumption of natural resources, both of which are increasing in most areas around the
globe. The combination of increasing numbers of humans and their persistently rising per capita resource demands are
directly responsible for escalating atmospheric CO2 buildup and associated impacts, both direct (e.g., ocean warming,
ocean acidification, and sea-level rise) and indirect (influential in the increased prevalence of many coral diseases,
decreased ability of corals to deposit calcium carbonate skeletons, increased energy for storms, and the potential of
increased input and resuspension of coastal sediments by changing precipitation patterns or sea-level rise). Increased
human population and consumption of natural resources are also root causes for increases in fishing (particularly of
herbivores) at many locations around the globe, for massive inputs of nutrients (eutrophication), toxic pollutants, and
sediments into many coastal waters, and for the spread of invasive species. A recent study by Mora (2008) specifically
attributed variation in condition of several reef guilds, including coral mortality, to adjacent human population densities
across the Caribbean; similar effects have been correlated with watershed development indices (Oliver et al., 2011).
Coral reefs, along with other natural systems, are continuing to deteriorate around the world, despite the committed
efforts of international, national, and local governments and more than 450 nongovernmental organizations worldwide to
better manage and conserve coral reefs (Wilkinson and Souter, 2008; Burke et al., 2011). The BRTís evaluation of the
current status of the 82 candidate coral species includes consideration of existing observable trends in threats to corals.
Trends in human population size and resource demands, which are the ultimate drivers of both global and local threats,
were important factors in our assessment of whether the key proximate threats (e.g., climate change, sedimentation, etc.)
will increase or decline over the next century.

full report chapter (68 pages) at:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/05/docs/006_corals_status_review_threats.pdf

Several action opportunities at the site:
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/endangered_oceans/index.html
 

Elizabeth O. (88)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:15 pm
Signed.
 

Vicky P. (471)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:17 pm
Noted and signed
 

JL A. (278)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:22 pm
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Nicole W. (659)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:31 pm
signed~
 

JL A. (278)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:33 pm
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Sylvie Bermannova (41)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 1:56 pm
Thank you for sharing. Signed.
 

John B. (122)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 2:04 pm
Thanks J.L. for the post and the link to the petition. Signed and noted
 

JL A. (278)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 2:18 pm
You are welcome John. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 

Bartlomiej T. (307)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 3:01 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks
 

Michael Kirkby (90)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:05 pm
Signed & posted. Just as rainforests regulate the air temperature so do coral reefs regulate the ocean temperature and the currents. A healthy reef is one of the major factors that determine the severity of storms.
 

JL A. (278)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:20 pm
Thanks for posting and the succinct explanation to remind us all why coral reefs are so important to us all Michael. You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.
 

Terry V. (30)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:24 pm
S&N THANKS

Look At What We Are Doing To Our Earth
 

Lisa Neste (723)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:31 pm
Thank you for taking action on "Protect Corals, Fish and Whales From Ocean Acidification." This petition will be delivered to President Barack Obama and Administrator Lisa Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency.
 

JL A. (278)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:33 pm
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Alison A. (241)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:44 pm
Signed and noted, thanks.
 

Gysele van Santen (213)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:21 pm
signed & noted, thnx.
 

Danuta Watola (1234)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 2:54 am
noted
 

Andrea Nemec (217)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 4:40 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!
 

Christeen Anderson (608)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 5:12 am
Signed.
 

Joe R. (190)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:54 am
Thanks J.L. Signed and noted.
 

Emma S. (233)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:01 am
Done! Thanks, JL.
 

JL A. (278)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:49 am
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JL A. (278)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:50 am
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Rock H. (254)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:49 am
Ths may be the single most important petition I sign for some time. I just hope a viable solution is there for our oceans and it can be achieved before it is too late.

Thanks J.L. !
 

June M. (111)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 9:02 am
Thanks JL..signed and noted
 

naomi cohen (44)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 9:31 am
noted, signed. thank you.
 

JL A. (278)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 9:39 am
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Michele Wilkinson (106)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 10:31 am
Noted and signed.
Thanks
 

Aaron Bouchard (150)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 10:36 am
Signed and noted thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 12:07 pm
Biggest threat to Coral species is the "Animals-As-Human_food" diet! Please research the murderous effects on this entire EARTH MOTHER due to this horrible practice of eating animals. Acidification of the oceans, coral reef death, dead zones are due to animal waste and "cides" from the GMO crops. A vegan diet requires 300 gallons of water per day vs. meat-eating diet which requires 4,000 gallons per day.
Animals raised for food create 89,000 lbs of excrement per second, none of which benefits from the waste-treatment facilities human excrement does.
Chicken, Hog, and Cattle excrement has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states.
Raising animals for human food uses 30% of the Earth's land mass. That's about the same size as Asia! The moon has less area than that, at 14.6 million sq miles.
More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals. Corn destroys to intestines and stomachs of steers and cows. GMOs and pesticides, whether sprayed or systemic, are destroy bees/pollinators, soil, air, human and animal health, and corrupt organic crops.
The equivalent of 7 football fields of land are bulldozed every minute to create room for farmed animals.
 

michelle l. (41)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 12:45 pm
Signed.Thanks
 

Darla Taylor (112)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 12:45 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks so much, JL.
 

Lenicka R. (55)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 1:12 pm
Signed and noted
 

JL A. (278)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 1:14 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Aaron because you have done so within the last week.
Thanks for adding some more data/related information for all of us to consider how our choices interact with this issue Yvette. You cannot currently send a star to Yvette because you have done so within the last week.
 

Barbara Erdman (63)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 4:11 pm
N & S J.L. :0 Tnx
 

Marie W. (67)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:08 pm
OVERPOPULATION- this should then focus on birth control.
 

Victoria Pohrebna (276)
Monday December 17, 2012, 5:44 am
Signed.
 

Donna Hamilton (159)
Monday December 17, 2012, 6:27 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, J. L.
 

Sara W. (108)
Monday December 17, 2012, 11:39 pm
Signed.
 

JL A. (278)
Monday December 17, 2012, 11:48 pm
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Victoria Oakey (128)
Friday November 22, 2013, 2:20 am
The Centre of Biological Diversity does great work and this petition is so important. Noted and signed. thank you.
 
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