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Human Activities Threaten Coral Reefs

31 Dec 2002

Research indicates that 58 per cent of the coral reefs of the world are threatened by human activities. Pollution and global heating represent some of the threats. Coral reefs just beneath the surface of the sea are very sensitive to temperature changes. Since 1979, mass death of coral reefs has been reported increasingly often. More than 1000 marine species live in the coral reefs, among these are one fourth of all marine species of fish. It is imperative that the coral reefs be preserved, as coastal communities all over the world depend on them as sources of food and as they are the raw materials for important medicines. The article discusses the threats to the coral reefs in general and does not single out any particular energy-related activity as the principal threat.

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Status: Completed

Type: Staff Publications

Author: Svein Tveitdal, Åke Bjørke

Year of publication: 2002

Publisher: Teknisk Ukeblad

Place of publication: Norway

Tags: coral reefs

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