This article discusses a new guide for saving coral reefs. A new report outlines a framework to help world leaders assess the risks and benefits of using radical tools to build reef resilience.
As much as half of the world’s coral has disappeared since 1980. And global climate change threatens to wipe out what’s left of these diverse and vital ecosystems, upon which one-quarter of all marine species and up to 1 billion people around the globe depend.
Recognizing the enormity of the crisis, a team of scientists issued a new framework Wednesday to help world leaders give corals a chance at survival. The report, from a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, assesses a number of radical tools that could help build reef resilience, and it provides a blueprint for determining how best to intervene.