NEWS
Coral reefs at risk of extinction unless global warming effects are curtailed, warns Unesco
POSTED 04 Jul 2017 . BY Tom Anstey
Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has said that its listed reefs are likely to disappear by the end of the century unless global CO2 output can be reduced drastically.

Over the last three years, 21 of 29 World Heritage-listed reefs have suffered from severe heat stress, with warming waters devastating the natural wonders, causing usually colorful corals to become white and translucent – a process known as coral bleaching.

According a new report by Unesco, the social, cultural and economic value of the world’s coral reefs has been estimated at US$1tn (€881bn, £774bn) annually. The report also says that climate-related loss of reef ecosystems will total US$500bn (€440.5bn, £387bn) by 2100, with economies reliant on reefs severely affected.

“All properties will experience annual severe bleaching, and thus will cease to host functioning coral reef ecosystems by 2100 unless CO2 emissions are reduced,” said the report.

“Delivering on the Paris Agreement target of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C offers the only opportunity to prevent coral reef decline globally.”

In more recent times a separate study predicted that the Great Barrier Reef in Australia would lose an estimated AU$1bn (£777m, €733m, £618m) in annual tourist revenue should bleaching continue at its current rates. At the Great Barrier Reef, 93 per cent of its coral was affected by the bleaching process last year, with 22 per cent dying as a result.

“The 29 globally significant coral reefs on Unesco’s World Heritage List are facing existential threats, and their loss would be devastating ecologically and economically,” said Dr Mechtild Rossler, director of the World Heritage Centre. “These rainforests of the sea protect coastal communities from flooding and erosion, sustain fishing and tourism businesses, and host a stunning array of marine life.”

Coral bleaching was first recorded in 1983, but the past three years – the hottest globally on record – have been particularly damaging, with 72 per cent of World Heritage-listed reefs affected.

To download the full report, Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs, click here.
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2017

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - Coral reefs at risk of extinction unless global warming effects are curtailed, warns Unesco...
21 Jul 2017 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

04 Jul 2017

Coral reefs at risk of extinction unless global warming effects are curtailed, warns Unesco
BY Tom Anstey

The world's coral reefs are worth an estimated US$1tn in social, cultural and economic value

The world's coral reefs are worth an estimated US$1tn in social, cultural and economic value
photo: Shutterstock.com

Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has said that its listed reefs are likely to disappear by the end of the century unless global CO2 output can be reduced drastically.

Over the last three years, 21 of 29 World Heritage-listed reefs have suffered from severe heat stress, with warming waters devastating the natural wonders, causing usually colorful corals to become white and translucent – a process known as coral bleaching.

According a new report by Unesco, the social, cultural and economic value of the world’s coral reefs has been estimated at US$1tn (€881bn, £774bn) annually. The report also says that climate-related loss of reef ecosystems will total US$500bn (€440.5bn, £387bn) by 2100, with economies reliant on reefs severely affected.

“All properties will experience annual severe bleaching, and thus will cease to host functioning coral reef ecosystems by 2100 unless CO2 emissions are reduced,” said the report.

“Delivering on the Paris Agreement target of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C offers the only opportunity to prevent coral reef decline globally.”

In more recent times a separate study predicted that the Great Barrier Reef in Australia would lose an estimated AU$1bn (£777m, €733m, £618m) in annual tourist revenue should bleaching continue at its current rates. At the Great Barrier Reef, 93 per cent of its coral was affected by the bleaching process last year, with 22 per cent dying as a result.

“The 29 globally significant coral reefs on Unesco’s World Heritage List are facing existential threats, and their loss would be devastating ecologically and economically,” said Dr Mechtild Rossler, director of the World Heritage Centre. “These rainforests of the sea protect coastal communities from flooding and erosion, sustain fishing and tourism businesses, and host a stunning array of marine life.”

Coral bleaching was first recorded in 1983, but the past three years – the hottest globally on record – have been particularly damaging, with 72 per cent of World Heritage-listed reefs affected.

To download the full report, Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs, click here.



Connect with
Leisure Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Alila Yangshuo, set in historic sugar mill, features underground, ‘cave-like’ spa with walls of volcanic rock
Alila Yangshuo, set in historic sugar mill, features underground, ‘cave-like’ spa with walls of volcanic rock   21 Jul 2017

Alila’s second location in China, Alila Yangshuo, is set in a historic sugar mill that has been converted to a 117-bedroom “modern retro” resort in .... more>>
Diversity at the top of the agenda as New York lays out detailed plan for culture
Diversity at the top of the agenda as New York lays out detailed plan for culture   21 Jul 2017

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has outlined the US city’s first ever plan for culture, linking future funding for museums and arts groups to the .... more>>
App users to star in Freeletics advertising campaign
App users to star in Freeletics advertising campaign   21 Jul 2017

Four civilians have been selected to star in Freeletics’ advertising campaign, as the Munich-based fitness company attempts to demonstrate the .... more>>
Gensler wins another MLS project with North Carolina
Gensler wins another MLS project with North Carolina   21 Jul 2017

US architecture firm Gensler has designed a stadium for Major League Soccer (MLS) hopeful North Carolina Football Club – one of a number of .... more>>
Diverse design and development team begin work on North America's largest ski village
Diverse design and development team begin work on North America's largest ski village   21 Jul 2017

Construction has begun on North America's largest ski village development: a vast new leisure community in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Over .... more>>
SO-IL and Laisne Roussel win design competition to masterplan Parisian riverfront site
SO-IL and Laisne Roussel win design competition to masterplan Parisian riverfront site   20 Jul 2017

New York architects SO – IL and French firm Laisne Roussel have won an international design competition to integrate new buildings and public spaces .... more>>
Company profile


Rawnet

Delivering sector defining technology, better customer engagement and increased business efficiencies.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Diversity is the key to retention: Traditional operators turn fitness on its head with MoveGB

Diversity is the key to retention: Traditional operators turn fitness on its head with MoveGB

New research shows there is a simple trick to extending health club membership life by four times. More>>




in this issue

• UK Sport chair unmoved by funding pleas
• Gym made from recycled aerosols
• Bodmin Jail hotel project approved



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Team Leader
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: London Borough of Havering, United Kingdom
Company: Everyone Active
Aqua Aerobics Instructors
Salary: Competitive
Location: Elephant and Castle, London, United Kingdom
Company: Everyone Active
Exhibitions Manager
Salary: £20,000 per year
Location: York, United Kingdom
Company: JORVIK Viking Centre
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




08-30 Jul 2017

Dynamic Reformer Course

Ten Health & Fitness Hatton Garden, London, United Kingdom



Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1
Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Interview: Tony Butler
Derby Museums Trust executive director delivers social justice in museums More>>
  Sports: Play to the crowd
When public sector budgets are tight, crowdfunding is an attractive option More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2015 issue 1

Leisure Management
2015 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Trends: Magnus Lindkvist
The Dutch futurologist explains why the coming decade will bring huge changes for the fitness industry More>>
  Wellness: Township Yogi
The innovative project using yoga to spread peace and wellbeing to deprived communities in South Africa More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd