Coral reef destruction is becoming a more and more serious environmental problem. Coral bleaching has reached never seen dimensions – more than 70% of the corals surrounding the Philippines have already turned white and the Great Barrier Reef at the shores of Australia has also suffered very serious damage resulting in bleaching during the last few decades.
The Causes of Coral Reef Destruction
Coral reefs are among the most sensitive ecosystems on the face of Earth, their destruction being the result of pollution and global warming, which means that coral bleaching is the result of human activity. Read more here – coral reef destruction www.thesea.org.
Coral reefs can live and thrive only in perfectly clean water and among temperature conditions very limited in range. The large and permanently growing settlements on the shores in the immediate proximity of the reefs pollute the water and human activity also has another harmful impact on natural environment, an impact that is felt globally: general warming. Human populations release into the water substances that cause the algae that provide the corals with nutrients to die and a temperature rise as mild as one degree can cause serious damage to the reefs.
Overfishing is another phenomenon that has contributed a lot to the destruction of coral reefs. Coral reefs are not only sensitive, but also extremely complex ecosystems that provide habitats for thousands of creatures. If the balance of the system is upset by decreasing the number of species living in it, the resulting imbalance will inevitably lead to the death of the corals, too.
How Can We all Contribute to the Preservation of Coral Reefs?
Numerous scientists dedicate their efforts to saving corals, making coral reef conservation a multidisciplinary project. Research is being conducted into developing new technologies to save coral reefs, but coral reef preservation is a task that we should all embrace.
You don’t have to live near a coral reef to do something to preserve these wonderful, rich habitats. Decreasing your use of public transport and private vehicles, using energy in a conscious way, decreasing the amount of waste you generate with your daily activity are all simple and easy to implement measures – it might not seem very efficient to you, but if all of us paid a little more attention to the way we live, if all of us could live a bit more of an environment conscious life, it would make a difference not only when it comes to stopping and preventing coral reef destruction, but it would improve the general health of our planet as well.