Monday, April 10, 2006

Canary in the Caribbean

The coral reefs of our planet drive the ocean’s ecosystem. The destruction of or the damage to these coral reefs will most likely alter in fundamental ways the diversity of life that we take for granted and depend on. The death of coral reefs could be like the canaries in the coal mines of long ago, signally the impending danger. I wonder if anyone is listening?

Caribbean Coral Suffers Record Death

By SETH BORENSTEIN
AP
WASHINGTON (March 30) - A one-two punch of bleaching from record hot water followed by disease has killed ancient and delicate coral in the biggest loss of reefs scientists have ever seen in Caribbean waters.
Researchers from around the globe are scrambling to figure out the extent of the loss. Early conservative estimates from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands find that about one-third of the coral in official monitoring sites has recently died. Continue reading here

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