NOAA Releases Global Status Report on Coral Reefs

First report on coral reef trends since 2008.

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the findings of the Status of Coral Reefs Around the World: 2020 report. The NOAA analysis reported a 14% reduction in coral reefs globally.

The report stated, “Coral reefs are among the most vulnerable ecosystems on the planet to anthropogenic pressures, including global threats from climate change and ocean acidification, and local impacts from land-based pollution such as input of nutrients and sediments from agriculture, marine pollution, and overfishing and destructive fishing practices.“

“People around the world depend on healthy coral reefs and the services they provide for food, income, recreation, and protection from storms,” said NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program Director Jennifer Koss. “It is possible to turn the tide on the losses we are seeing, but doing so relies on us as a global community making more environmentally conscious decisions in our everyday lives.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Director Koss as she works with other officials in the preservation of coral reefs.
  • For leaders in the NOAA as they assess the conditions of the ocean and atmosphere.
  • For the president to seek God’s direction in caring for seas and the environment.



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