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thatguy81 March 29th, 2013 7:06pm

An estimated 95% of the Caribbean's coral reefs are dead or dying.

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sarah1911 Poolesville MD
04/03/13 4:53 pm

I knew about the dying but 95%?!!!! WTF and how can we stop it?!

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
03/29/13 1:30 pm

I was not aware, and Im one that usually pays attention to this stuff (Save the Bay). So think about how many people actually don't know something this destructive.

lectrik Silly gas guzzling Prius
03/29/13 1:28 pm

And this is why I hate the corporate, I mean Republican Party.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
03/29/13 1:04 pm

Are there any areas where coral is still thriving, maybe a little deeper or in places that years ago were considered cool-ish for it to do well?

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 1:09 pm

I don't think so.

Worldwide it's 19% dead with at least 23% more dying beyond self repair. Another 30+% "dying" but possibly salvageable

NOAA expects 50-70% of the reefs worldwide to be beyond repair by 2025.

droo Santa Barbara
03/29/13 12:21 pm

What's even more sad is that most people don't care, or think that the problem will magically fix itself. We need to be more involved in preserving our world. If loving our environment to the point where destruction of it saddens me makes me a tree-hugger, I'm proud to be one.

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ZestOfClementine Ye Olde 802
03/29/13 1:01 pm

We replace our current economic system which encourages inefficient use of resources, over- consumption, and irresponsible business and ag practices with one that is sustainable.

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 1:01 pm

Very good question rebel.

Education? As a start?

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:16 pm

As a SCIBA diver, I've been able to dive all around the world. First question to the dive master after the first dive, "has it always been like this?" Every single time "no, it's all dying. I don't know what's happening."
Japan, Guam, Hawaii, California, Florida, England, Turkey, Etc...it's the same

inge MIA
03/29/13 12:18 pm

My husband said the same after his MEU last year.

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:33 pm

SCUBA*

Fat fingers strikes again

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:35 pm

Shut up!

Where's my ice cream??

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inge MIA
03/29/13 12:46 pm

The real question is how do you fit into a wetsuit

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:53 pm

I look sexy in a wetsuit. Give me 5min and check Instagram

inge MIA
03/29/13 12:56 pm

Oh, the anticipation lol

ZestOfClementine Ye Olde 802
03/29/13 1:05 pm

Im a diver too. It's sad, i was diving in puerto rico a while back and there was a tragic amount of white (dead) corals. Something real has to be done now

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 1:10 pm

Zest, I completely agree. It seriously can't wait any longer.

katniss Dallas, TX
03/29/13 12:16 pm

New studies show that 100% of Americans are dying. ????

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thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:17 pm

One can hope...for the sake of the planet ????

jetttt UBer LiBeral
03/29/13 12:13 pm

Worst part is that our children will never get to experience them.

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redlodge
03/29/13 12:16 pm

We can still grow coral in aquariums! :(

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:18 pm

That's what most places are trying. Breeding them in aquariums and then trying to make them take on dying reefs or starting new reefs. From what I've read, it's about a 50/50 success rate.

pinkreign Oh So Sweet
03/29/13 12:41 pm

I guess that's better than nothing.

zman117 Ohio
03/29/13 12:13 pm

I didn't know it was that high, that's sad

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zman117 Ohio
03/29/13 12:13 pm

And scary

inge MIA
03/29/13 12:32 pm

Free up some closet space and save the planet :)

inge MIA
03/29/13 12:32 pm

Oops wrong spot

pinkreign Oh So Sweet
03/29/13 12:40 pm

Inge, u tickle me!

inge MIA
03/29/13 12:12 pm

Not a good sign for our planet. Can't wait to die and put my ashes in one of those reefs.

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thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:13 pm

Yea, that's the wife's wish as well.

inge MIA
03/29/13 12:14 pm

Go us! I sounded morbid, I can wait to die, just excited for my burial haha

susanr Colorado
03/29/13 12:25 pm

I could contribute my parents. They're sitting in my closet.

susanr Colorado
03/29/13 12:33 pm

Packed in a box that, when she helped me move, my daughter labelled "Grandparents."

=:-)

inge MIA
03/29/13 12:34 pm

The stuff we find out about each other lol

chile safer than congress
03/29/13 12:39 pm

This thread is getting a bit spooky

inge MIA
03/29/13 12:39 pm

My grandpa is kept in my grandmas bathroom for now haha

susanr Colorado
03/29/13 12:42 pm

I'd call it creepy rather than spooky, but OK.

inge MIA
03/29/13 12:43 pm

Only bc my little cousin is there and so they stuck him in the locked cabinet. Haven forbid she spills grandpa everywhere lol

zman117 Ohio
03/29/13 12:47 pm

........... Ok then. Lol

inge MIA
03/29/13 12:50 pm

They want to be buried together, so it isn't so weird. Just have to wait from grandma to kick it. Hopefully not anytime soon!

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 1:02 pm

............!

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
04/02/13 3:01 pm

Is there a link to this information?
That's a crazy high number and we should be way more worried than we are if that's the case.

susanr Colorado
03/29/13 12:10 pm

I knew it was high but not quite that high. It's disgraceful, of course.

"Out of sight, out of mind" seems to be one of the problems. Also a lack of understanding of biology and ecology. Why the hell do environmentalists get a bad rap? Why don't people CARE?

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thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:14 pm

I don't know Susan. I don't know. Environment is when I become a flaming bleeding heart liberal.

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:14 pm

I just was hoping I'd have more time to show my daughter

Angela12 Anyang, South Korea
03/29/13 12:24 pm

I think what a lot of people don't understand is when (not trying to start an argument) the environment is a person's first priority.

I care a lot about the environment, and try to do what I can, but there a people living with diseases and without clean water. I tend to put my money there first.

Angela12 Anyang, South Korea
03/29/13 12:25 pm

This statistic, and many others, is terribly heartbreaking, though.

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:29 pm

I get that, I really do, and its admirable on both accounts. If everyone just did a little more for the environment, it would be in far better shape.

To me, if the reefs die, the ocean dies. If the ocean dies, we all die.

For me at least, that's why it is the first priority.

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:30 pm

Throughout human history we have had starvation and disease. It's something we as a society have made massive progress on and will continue to do so.

When it comes to the environment, one generation makes or breaks certain aspects.

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:31 pm

Personally, I don't want to have to explain to my daughter why my generation let 50% of the reefs worldwide die, when we could have reversed it.

Angela12 Anyang, South Korea
03/29/13 12:36 pm

I understand...if you know of any ways to help/organizations, let me know :)

I've never been diving before, but it's on my vague idea of a bucket list.

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:38 pm

www.projectaware.org/

Hope I didn't come off rude, I seriously love people that do whatever they can to help anyone out of the goodness of their hearts :)

Angela12 Anyang, South Korea
03/29/13 12:41 pm

No rudeness detected here :)

Angela12 Anyang, South Korea
03/29/13 12:49 pm

Oh, and thanks for the website!

pinkreign Oh So Sweet
03/29/13 12:07 pm

Already knew but its heartbreaking.

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thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:08 pm

Yea it's old news, but I don't think people seem to understand.

Mokiki FL
03/29/13 12:28 pm

It's not that we don't understand...but more like we don't know what to do.

thatguy81 here
03/29/13 12:32 pm

^ yea, that's a good point too. Even those that dedicate their lives to one specific ecosystem can feel hopeless about it. I'm sure it a much greater feeling when you have no idea what you can do.