The destruction of coral reefs
by helicopter_bus on September 9, 2017 - 2:01pm
Coral reefs are not only to be looked at, they contain a large variety of species in which we humans use as our source of protein and as a source of our medically active compounds. The destruction in coral reefs are usually caused by human activities, diseases and climate change. Human activities such as over-fishing, destructive fishing practices and pollutions from pesticides and herbicides. Examples of diseases would be black band disease, white band disease and other band related diseases which are a type of fungus. Climate change is the largest cause of the loss of coral reefs. Due to the overexposure of sunlight and temperature change, the coral reefs become more susceptible to disease which causes the coral reefs to look bleached and creates a loss of species and protein.
Authors: J.E.N. Veron and O. Hoegh-Guldberg
"The coral reef crisis: The critical importance of <350 ppm CO2"