JAN 15, 2019 08:26 PM PST

Here's Why We Need to Protect Coral Reefs

Coral reefs do all sorts of great things for the environment. Not only do they act as underwater fortresses for smaller wildlife that require shelter from predators, but they also serve as natural barriers against potential disaster by resisting ocean currents during powerful storms.

A significant bleaching event in 2005 cost the Caribbean almost half of its colorful coral reefs, and if that wasn’t alarming enough, scientists are now concerned that rising ocean temperatures linked to climate change could trigger more coral reef losses around the globe.

If the world lost its remaining coral reefs, then the results would be catastrophic. Without their protection, many sea animals would cease to exist. Their disappearance would trigger an imbalance in the underwater ecosystem, potentially impacting seafood markets and global economies, among other things.

Given the circumstances, it seems apparent that we need to prevent coral reefs from dying off, but this is easier said than done. It’s a perpetual challenge that renowned scientists have been working on for ages.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
OCT 16, 2019
Earth & The Environment
OCT 16, 2019
US forests under threat from non-native pests
A new study published recently in PNAS documents the epidemic of non-native pests that are threatening US forests. According to the study, which concentrat...
OCT 16, 2019
Plants & Animals
OCT 16, 2019
This Jumping Spider is a Cunning Predator
The fringed jumping spider, also known as ‘portia’ to some, is renowned as one of the world’s smartest spiders. Like most hunters, they e...
OCT 16, 2019
Plants & Animals
OCT 16, 2019
These Young Seabirds Must Learn to Fly or be Eaten by Sharks
These young albatrosses must learn the official rules of ‘survival of the fittest.’ Once big enough, they will need to become as adept at flyin...
OCT 16, 2019
Cannabis Sciences
OCT 16, 2019
Cannabis Buds for Mid-Level Pain Relief
A study called, "The Effectiveness of Self-Directed Medical Cannabis Treatment for Pain," published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Med...
OCT 16, 2019
Plants & Animals
OCT 16, 2019
Younger Wolves Help Their Elders Grab a Bite to Eat
Wolves work together in the wild to ensure the survival of the rest of their pack, and this includes their elders. Whenever one wolf finds food, it will in...
OCT 16, 2019
Cannabis Sciences
OCT 16, 2019
Stages of Cannabis Plant Growth
What are the stages of cannabis plant growth?  As cannabis becomes more widely used both medicinally and recreationally, its legal cultivation is on t...
Loading Comments...