Climate change brings irreversible devastation

Evidence of rapid climate change abounds in scientific research and routine observations. Yet policymakers are slow to act. Legislators and researchers attending international gatherings such as the 10th Conference of Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity in Japan label climate change a “threat,” yet cannot agree to call for international agreements or action. Meanwhile climate change takes its toll on rich marine habitats like coral reefs, not just with rising temperatures but also increasing absorption rates of carbon dioxide. The reefs serve as habitat for nearly a quarter of the globe’s marine fish species, many of which struggle to adapt to acidification and fast-changing conditions. Early and careful management could help coral-reef ecosystems recover from bleaching events and prevent the loss of global biodiversity now underway. Paralysis to act brings doomsday closer for many species.

Read the full report in Yale Global Online.

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