Climate change threatens coral Triangle

Asia - According to WWF, if the states do not drastically reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases, climate change could destroy the coral triangle, an area with a natural ocean biodiversity.

The increased water temperatures, rising sea levels and acidity of the ocean threatens to destroy the reefs of the Coral Triangle in Southeast Asia. The disappearance of coral reefs would fall by 80% in food resources in the region and jeopardize the income of more than 100 million people, forcing them to leave the coastal villages for urban areas.

"If we do nothing, coral reefs will have disappeared at the end of this century and the impact on food security and resources will result," said Lida Pet-Soeder, head of the Initiative for Coral Triangle WWF . "The areas of Coral Triangle are refuges for some species of fish. Tuna and turtles that breed in the Triangle usually coral migrate "worried she says.

Saving the Coral Triangle implies that countries commit to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases. The states will gather in December at the next climate summit in Copenhagen, to set new goals on climate change that will follow those of the Kyoto Protocol. It is estimated that a 80% reduction in emissions compared to 1990, and by 2050 is necessary to counter the effects of climate on the region of the Coral Triangle, home to over half of the world's coral reefs .

According to the WWF report, local communities and governments will also have to limit fishing and reduce pollution. "If we continue on the path of exploitation of our resources, even if it was an incredible reduction of gas emissions, there would always be a threat," said Richard Leck WWF.

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