Tropical paradise lost? An eyewitness account
Tropical coral reefs are the rainforests of the oceans, home to thousands of colourful fishes and other creatures, and the source of jobs and income for millions of people in coral-rich countries including the Pacific islands. Now they’re in grave danger, caused by several human stressors, but first and foremost by climate change. The recipe for saving them is simple – and hard: limit global warming. Reefs are in trouble here and now: if global warming continues like today, most of the World’s coral reefs may be gone within less than 50 years.
Trond Amundsen has worked on coral reefs in Australia and seen reefs bleach and die from warm oceanic waters in recent years. He will provide an eyewitness account of the beauty of coral reefs – and of what they look like when the seas get too warm for the corals.