We know that coral reefs support more species per unit area than any other marine environment, including about 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of hard corals and hundreds of other species. But this biodiversity is in trouble!
Last week, the IPCC has released its new report (link below) as part of the Sixth Assessment Report, shedding light on the worsening conditions of climate change for the majority of life on earth.
The report highlights that we not only face a climate but a nature crisis.
The IPCC underlines the need to conserve 30% to 50% of the Earth’s land, freshwater, and ocean areas. It finds that with global warming levels >1.5°C many coral reefs will undergo irreversible phase shifts due to marine heatwaves and are at high risk of becoming extinct by mid-century.
“Any further delay… will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all,” the IPCC concludes.