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World's coral reefs 'will be wiped out by 2050', researchers warn
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Edited on Thu Feb-24-11 02:54 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.


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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