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Coral reefs at risk from human activities

Population growth and technology: operating together these two factors account for the major causes of coral reef decline - excessive domestic and agricultural waste pouring into ocean waters, poor land-use practices that increase sedimentation of rivers and then of reefs, and over-exploitation of reef resources, often in combination with practices such as harvesting with dynamite and poison, all degrade reefs.

Year: 2005

From collection: General archive

Cartographer: Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal

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