NEW WARNINGS ON THE THREAT TO CORAL REEFS

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MELBOURNE, Australia (December 14, 2000 - Radio Australia/PINA Nius Online)---There are renewed warnings that a significant portion of the world's coral reefs have been lost to global warming, pollution, fishing activity and other sources of stress.

The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network reported that more than 25 percent of the world's coral reefs have disappeared in recent years, and that up to 70 percent could be dead within 50 years.

In some parts of the western Pacific, 90 percent of shallow-water corals are gone, the report stated.

The Network’s findings follow a World Bank study issued in November that found South Pacific island nations had suffered more than two billion dollars in environmental damage over the past 10 years, including damage to coral reefs.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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