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Critical time for coral reefs

PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 6:44 am
by KarenS
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (Reuters) - To coral reef-driven tourism industries like those of the Cayman Islands, there could be a greater cost in ignoring climate change than fighting it.

Ranked among the top 10 scuba diving destinations in the world, the reef system of the western Caribbean territory has lost 50 percent of its hard corals in the last 10 years in spite of strong environmental laws, scientists say.

"We are at a very critical time in the history of coral reefs," said Carrie Manfrino, president of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Little Cayman island.

For the full article go <a href="http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2007-05-07T041105Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_India-296952-1.xml&archived=False">here.</a>