time’s up

The world has lost 19 per cent of its coral reefs: a further 15 per cent are threatened within the next 10 to 20 years, and a further 20 per cent could be lost in 20 to 40 years, according to a report sponsored by the US and Australian governments.

Releasing the report in Washington, Clive Wilkinson, co-ordinator of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, siad the forecasts did not take into acocunt the impact of climate change.

“We have about eigth to 10 years to do something about it Carbon dioxide is currently at 380 parts per million. We need to do something before it reaches 450 parts per million,” he said.

The Age (Australia), 12 Dec 2008 – screen copy held by his website