Collapse of coral reefs could last thousands of years – USATODAY.com
"It's one of these good news-bad news sort of scenarios," said co-author Richard Aronson, a biology professor at Florida Tech. "The hopeful news is that if we can get serious about controlling greenhouse gas emissions and controlling climate change, we have a good chance of saving reefs. But it has to be combined with management of local issues as well."SeaWeb - Ocean Voices
Coral reefs are crucial nurseries for fish and other marine life. Their demise could collapse global fisheries that support the food web, including humans. Mass coral die-off also could render extinct yet-to-be-discovered biological substances that hold cures for human diseases.
..."Climate change could again destroy coral-reef ecosystems, but this time the root cause would be the human assault on the environment, and the collapse could be longer-lasting," Aronson said.
[Richard Aronson] The main thing that I would advise scientists, conservationists and the public to do is to take heart, be courageous and don’t give up on coral reefs and the rest of the marine environment...If you are a scientist, manager, policymaker or concerned citizen, think for yourself. Formulate your own opinions, follow the science, read all you can about the issues and don’t follow the latest self-proclaimed ideological leader. Think about it all with a view as to what can we do to help save coral reefs.