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Coral and marine life affected by increased global warming

Date Posted: 2008-12-18

Coral could become extinct in Japan, and endangered marine life further threatened if global warming isn’t brought under control.

One of the world’s leading conservation groups, the Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of nature, warns many of the 7,000 endangered species are found in Japan, and climate change is affecting them to the point of possible extinction. IUCN says 35% of birds and 52% of amphibians are impacted, along with 71% of the warm water coral, but changes in the climate.

Okinawa and the Ogasawara Islands have coral that’s already in trouble, and marine life in Okinawa and Kagoshima Prefectures is also dangerously susceptible to extinction. The IUCN, which has been studying and tracking 16,900 different species of birds, amphibians and coral, says the albatross, penguin, petrel and shearwater families are in particular trouble.

The IUCN study shows 3,217 of the world’s 6,222 amphibians and 3,428 of the 9,856 bird species are being affected. It draws attention to the plight of the albatross in Japan’s Izu islet chains.

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