John Whitfield: The End of the Coral Reef?, 3 July 2008
Show More Coral: A Pessimist in Paradise by Steve Jones.
Abacus, 242 pp., £8.99, July 2008, 978 0 349 12147 5Show More
A Reef in Time: The Great Barrier Reef from Beginning to End by J.E.N. Veron.
Belknap, 289 pp., £22.95, February 2008, 978 0 674 02679 7Show More
“... their habitat disappearing, as warmer climates rise up to engulf them. And Steve Jones and J.E.N. Veron warn that climate change may well bring about the end of coral reefs – if overfishing, disease, invading species and pollution don’t get them first. The surface waters of the open tropical ocean are poor in nutrients and almost lifeless because the warm ...”