Thursday, 12 April 2018

Save Coral Reefs across the world

Till now we have lost around 25-40% of the world's Coral Reef's and if you wonder whether it will not make any difference to the world then you should ask yourself a question:

Do you like to breathe?

Land plants only produce 1/3rd of the oxygen which we breathe and you will be surprised to know that the test 2/3rd comes from the ocean.

Professors at the Mote Tropical Research Centre in Florida are actually growing corals in their artificial habitats for planting back to the reefs.

It's been termed as a Eureka moment or most probably a Eureka mistake where they broke a coral into tiny pieces and thought that it was going to die but instead they grew like Dickens!

Each of those corals grew very fast as compared to their natural habitat. It would have taken years to grow the same amount of corals in the oceans.

They have termed this whole process as an Ocean Stimulator because they can actually stimulate what water would be like 100 years from now. So they can actually forecast which of the corals are going to survive and utilize the ones that we know will be better adapted in the future to these conditions.

If they can find out what turns corals tissue to grow very sudden or what turns them to grow slowly, then the scientists can actually find the remedies for tumours and cancers.

The present conditions of corals reefs across the world are alarming. They are declining at a very fast rate across the globe which will affect the world in the coming years.

Climate change is an important factor for the future of coral reefs to survive. Coral reefs are very sensitive to even small changes in temperature and could therefore collapse.

Overfishing is also another reason for their extinction.

About one-fifth of the world's coral reefs have already been lost till now or are severely damaged. Another 35 percent could be lost within 10-40 years. It’s happening at twice the pace of rainforest decline which is happening right now across the globe.

We should, therefore, be cautious and should take precautionary measures so that we can save their habitats as the whole marine system depends on them.


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