Přežijí světové korálové útesy?

Korálové útesy jsou biologicky nejbohatsí mořské ekosystémy na světě, poskytující útočistě některým vůbec nejkrásnějsím organismům. Dodávají základní zdroj bílkovin pro více než deset milionů lidí po celém světě. Činnosti založené na existenci útesů (zejména rybolov a turistika) jsou zdrojem hospodářské prosperity pro miliony dalsích. Je zřejmé, že cena, již lidstvo platí za celosvětové selhávání těchto ekosystémů, je ohromná.

Přesto rozsáhlé poskozování korálových útesů neustává. V některých oblastech už doslo k hromadnému rozpadu útesových ekosystémů. Reálným rizikem je kolaps v celosvětovém měřítku.

Jsou tu ale i dobré zprávy: víme, jaká opatření může mezinárodní společenství učinit, má-li ochránit a obnovit ,,odolnost`` útesů, tedy jejich schopnost uchránit si svou integritu tváří v tvář výkyvům životního prostředí, jež jsou přirozenou součástí života v každém ekosystému. Musíme světu zprostředkovat informace o vážnosti globálního oteplování a zároveň chránit odolnost korálových útesů.

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