Global Warming Affecting Coral Reefs are worth $375 billion each year. They earn this money by attracting tourists. People also make a profit from the fish species that live in the coral (Casper 182), so if all the coral die due to global warming, humans will be affected as well. Coral are marine plants, and marine environments are the most diverse habitats in the world. If the planet was to lose all the coral in the world, it would decrease the diversity of the ocean (Casper 184).
Their presence in the ocean is usually seasonal, responding to the availability of prey, which is seasonal in most places, increasing with temperature and sunshine in the spring and summer (Dawson and Jacobs 2001). Jellyfish size ranges from 10cm to 3m and weighs around 200kg, their size already increase their habitat in the ocean which has become a problem for fishing companies. Secondly, jellyfish feed on anything they come across, it all depends on the structure of the jellyfish. This impact causes a reduction in the ocean species, because it is many jellyfish that needs to feed on something. Thirdly, human problems resulting from jellyfish blooms, Stings from pelagic cnidarians because discomfort and sometimes medical emergencies for swimmers and waders primarily in warm marine waters worldwide (reviewed in Fenner & Williamson 1996, Burnett 2001).
Learning of the problem and identifying major aspects of it is the key to finding an answer to finally being able to solve it. Tourism may have caused the downfall of the coral reefs, but it also is an answer to saving them. Finding weak points in how we use to protect coral has been able to offer us a lot of new more effective ways to keep coral preserved and protected. Understanding why and how global warming is affecting the coral reefs so much has given us a lot of breakthroughs to possibly keep coral alive and well through it all. The main thing that was learned when looking into the past and seeing the root of the problem is that everyone can help make a difference when it comes to preserving coral.
Coral reefs are the beautiful ecosystems that are booming with life but since the acidity has been rising and so has the overall temperature of the ocean the coral has been bleaching and has not been able to grow well or even stay alive(2). The biggest coral reef in the world which is the Great Barrier Reef has been bleaching quickly and now only seven percent of the reef is left unaffected by ocean acidification and climate change(3). Many scientists believe that corals could become fully extinct by the end of the century if we don’t stop or reduce our carbon dioxide and fossil fuel
Coral reef systems in the Caribbean are presently stressed due to coral bleaching, overfishing, global climate change, and disruptive algal growth (Wilkinson and Souter 2008). The addition of a piscivorous, predatory invasive species, such as lionfish, will cause permanent damage to that ecosystem. Lionfish have caused a reduction in forage fish biomass, an increase in algal growth due to their removal of herbivorous fish, and an increase in competition with native fish (Morris et al. 2009). Lionfish have few, if any, natural predators due to the presence of venomous dorsal, ventral and anal spines (Halstead et al.
Marine pollution such as presence of organic matter in the ocean can result in the condition known as hypoxia or oxygen depletion and this can have adverse effect on the marine life including plant and animals and fish. Death of these fish can result in loss of millions of US dollars that are generate from the fishing industry. Marine pollution can also result in presence of foul smell resulting from the decomposing sewage being directed to the ocean and this has the effects to hinder recreational activities taking place in the sea as well as cause discomfort and breathing problem to the surrounding population (Laura, 11).marine pollution can also result in danger to human health. The human swimmers and water sport lovers can become endangered by swimming in the polluted marine waters (Laura,
Some good examples for deadly animals are the great barracuda, box jellyfish, saltwater crocodiles, sharks, and sea snakes. Most people probably know what these things are, but do people know how much power they really have? There are many other animals that can be as dangerous as or even more dangerous than these animals. The animals that were listed previously are extremely dangerous with the saltwater crocodiles bite pound square inch being 3,700 while the toxins of the box jellyfish attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells, not only that but they have been known to kill a human being from heart failure before the human could even reach
Six of seven species of sea turtles (Chelonioidea) are listed as either vulnerable or endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The largest contributors to the decline seen in sea turtle populations are people, this being due to human activities such as fishing, tourism, shipping, industrial production, and coastal development, which have been scientifically proven to impact all seven species of sea turtles. Plastic pollution found in and around the ocean, light pollution along coastlines, and fishing are three of the main ways in which human activity impacts sea turtle populations. Sea turtles, also known as marine turtles, spend most of their life in the ocean, but they are found on land during their terrestrial birth process that involves laying their eggs in the sand; the vulnerable
Sediment erosion can affect coral reefs and oyster beds causing even more deaths. They also cause erosion on land, destroying most animal’s habitats and even leaving some islands underwater. Forests become destroyed and force animals to relocate, if they were able to survive the hurricane.
I choose this article because I think it’s really cool that we are finding ways to repair the coral reefs. The coral reefs are already in danger of extinction because of global warming, so finding a way to try and repair them is great. Ever since the Industrial revolution, the oceans have been taking in more carbon dioxide. The quantities of the gas taken in by the oceans are large enough that now some areas of the oceans have become more acidic, a phenomenon called ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is harming many groups of animals, including coral reefs.