5 Oct 2020 - WEF - A new study has identified 116 deepsea coral reefs which scientists say are every bit as much in need of protection as the coastal reefs visited by snorkelers every year. They lie between 200 and 1,200 metres deep in waters where no single nation has jurisdiction.
The value of coral reefs in the marine ecosystem has long been recognized. Although they cover just 0.1% of the seafloor, they provide a home for a quarter of all marine life. Scientists warn that climate change could kill all of them by 2100 unless action is taken.
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