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cory777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-11 01:54 AM
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World's coral reefs 'will be wiped out by 2050', researchers warn
Edited on Thu Feb-24-11 01:54 AM by cory777
Source: Daily Mail

Tens of thousands of miles of stunning coral reefs could be obliterated by 2050 due to pollution, climate change and overfishing, experts have warned.

Virtually all of the world's most beautiful reefs from the Indian Ocean to Australia and the Carribean are at 'dire risk' of being wiped out, researchers said in the starkest warning yet on coral reefs.

Environmentalists warned that the consequences for countries that depend on the reefs for food and income would be devastating.

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Warmer seas caused by global warming; ocean acidification blamed on carbon dioxide pollution; shipping, overfishing, coastal development and agricultural run-off all pose a threat to coral reefs, says the report.





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Firebrand Gary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-11 03:48 AM
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1. My prayers........
This news is totally silent these days on topics of reversing climate change. I pray that behind the scenes we are doing all that we can to protect our planet. Why is it that we (DU) no longer discuss it?
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-11 04:06 AM
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2. K&R-The US has recently elected politicians who believe that god will never allow
the earth to be defiled, no matter what humans do to it. They are now in charge of the house committees that control any action we might take to try to stop this...

But we have known about this for decades and nothing real has been done to alter the destruction of our earth.

Seems like politicians abdicate all responsibilities after they are elected, and no one in the MSM is interested in it...Justin Bieber got a haircut, and I guess that got all their attention this week...

mark
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-11 04:16 AM
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3. It's all part of the natural cycle...humans have nothing to do with it
:sarcasm:
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-11 04:52 AM
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4. We're doomed as a species.
There is a point where there are too many people for the resources to replenish themselves. I think we're past that point. Probably long past it.
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fittosurvive Donating Member (538 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-11 08:55 AM
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5. Wiped out in less the 40 years...? Give me a break.
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PSPS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-11 10:03 AM
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6. Yeah, that's just ... ridiculous !!11!1!
Oh, wait...

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fittosurvive Donating Member (538 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-11 11:28 AM
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7. Funny, that doesn't look like a coral reef to me.
It looks more like a changing of the seasons in the mountains.
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-11 11:54 AM
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9. "Ocean Acidification" - look it up some time . . .
Or stay home and practice your snark in the bathroom mirror if that makes you feel better.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-24-11 11:46 AM
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8. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, cory.
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