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There is no way attention will be directed at the crying urgency of protecting the coral reefs unless we belabor the issue and repeat ourselves. At the rate coral reefs are being destroyed by human activity or damaged by bleaching due to global warming, it won’t be long before these “colorful gardens under the sea where marine life thrives” die off, never to be appreciated by future generations. Indeed, though the Philippines is “the richest place on earth” in terms of biodiversity, according to scientist Wilfredo Licuanan, he has warned that because of climate change, “we can lose our corals in a matter of weeks, not years.”
Reef Alert. (2016, October 9). Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A14.
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Coral reef conservation; Coral reefs; Man-induced effects; Coral bleaching; Global warming; Biodiversity; Climatic changes; Coral farming; Coral reef restoration; Pollution; Water pollution; Endemic species; Illegal fishing; Reef fish; Artificial islands; Disputes; Territorial waters; Fishing grounds; Environmental impact; Marine parks; Fishery protection; Environmental restoration; Natural resources; Livelihoods; Ecotourism; Environmental protection; Department of Science and Technology -Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD); Pangasinan State University; World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines); Haribon Foundation; Ecological Society of the Philippines; International Union for the Conservation of Nature; Licuanan, Wilfredo; Sotelo, Yolanda; Salac, Virna; Palma, Joel; Lavides, Margarita N.; McManus, John; Gomez, Ed; Claparols, Antonio; Philippines; Pangasinan; Alaminos; Hawaii; South China Sea; Panatag Shoal
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