Our coral reefs will cease to exist as early as 2050, very recent studies have concluded. The absorption of carbon from the atmosphere by the oceans is directly causing them to turn to acid, which fries away the coral polyps, and prevents any coral reefs being breeding grounds for fish.
The report from the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is found at: http://www.straightgoods.ca/ViewFeature8.cfm?REF=405
Read the whole report. "Coral reefs support about 25 to 33 percent of the oceans' living creatures. Some one billion people depend directly and indirectly on reefs for their livelihoods. Sea birds and many species of fish would be affected by the loss of reefs."
A billion people. A sixth of the Earth's population put on the scrapheap as a result of the selfishness of West. Think about it - a BILLION people.
The rate of turning the oceans to acid is just unbelievable: "The oceans naturally absorb carbon from the atmosphere but because of human emissions they are absorbing more and more. This additional carbon has altered the oceans' chemistry, making them 25 to 30 percent more acidic. Each day, the oceans absorb 30 million tonnes of CO2, gradually and inevitably increasing their acidity, and leaving less calcium carbonate in the water for corals and shell-form species like phytoplankton to grow or maintain their skeletons. "
The oceans are turning 20% to 30% more acidic!
Money Quote: "Most corals begin to die when ocean temperatures increase by more than 2.0 degrees C and that is likely to happen under nearly all future carbon emission scenarios before 2100. Detailed computer models show that all corals will suffer severe bleaching in one to five years. "
Kaboom sez: We have got to take action now to completely stop this - we have ONLY between ONE and FIVE years to stop severe coral bleaching!
Again, I lead out the Pale Horse of Death - death for coral, and death to the billion people directly or indirectly relying upon coral reefs for their sustenance.