May 26, 2010

Reefs and Beyond: The Effects of Biological Diversity

"Although reefs cover only 0.2% of the world’s sea floor, they contain about 25% of marine species. Increases in sea surface temperatures and changes in water chemistry can cause large-scale coral bleaching, increasing the probability of coral death. Hence, the effects of climate change, added to other existing coral reef stressors, could lead to coral death. Australia’s great barrier reef could lose up to 95% of its living coral by 2050 due to changes in ocean temperature and chemistry." -Convention on Biological Diversity

Although these statistics are shocking, issues of biodiversity aren't just affecting our oceans. They're affecting our forests, our mountains, our agriculture and our livelihoods. These are just some of the many things that we'll be talking about at our Moving Mountains symposium this week, when we get together to tackle issues of extinction and biodiversity. If you can't attend, keep an eye on our Twitter feed where we'll be giving live updates.