A new report from the International Federation of Marine Science shows that ocean life is increasingly suffering as climate change worsens.
The study, released Thursday, found that marine life has lost about 6.5 million square kilometers of habitat over the past century, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
That includes an estimated 6.6 million square km of habitat lost to sea-level rise, coastal erosion, coral bleaching, and other effects of global warming.
The report was written by marine ecologist David K. Shuster and fellow researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the University of New Hampshire, and is the latest in a series of studies showing how marine ecosystems are threatened by rising seas.
As oceans rise, fish and other marine animals will have to find other ways to survive, the study found.
Shusters’ team of researchers analyzed nearly 30,000 coral reefs in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, as well as the North Atlantic Ocean and the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
The researchers found that about 6 percent of coral reefs worldwide were in danger of being lost within the next century.
That’s a large percentage, but scientists are still far from sure how much coral will be lost, Shuster said in a statement.
“This is a huge issue, and we know very little about it,” he said.
“We have a lot of work to do.
The ocean is a great place to live, but it’s not the best place to find food.”
Scientists are hoping that the next decade is a crucial time to address climate change.
Scientists have long known that coral reefs play an important role in the marine ecosystem, but the amount of coral is currently changing rapidly.
Coral reefs in some regions are already losing at least a quarter of their area.
The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a study that estimated the loss of habitat and food web for coral reefs could be nearly 30 percent by 2050.
The next time you’re in the water, take a moment to look out for those coral reefs, Shuster said.
He said the most important thing to remember is that there is an ocean around you and that ocean is your home.
You can’t do much to protect that environment.
“It’s your home,” Shusts said.