Coral reefs are threatened by human activity in various ways


Systems designed by people are unintentionally damaging coral reefs, sometimes slowly and sometimes dramatically.  When we put too much into the water, take too much out, or break parts of reefs, it can destroy the reef. 


Worldwide systems can also cause problems for reefs.  Systems of transportation, agriculture, buildings, and commerce all need energy.  Most of the energy to power those systems come from fossil fuels such as oil, coal, or gas.  As fossil fuels are burned to release energy, they release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  That causes two sources of stress for corals. 



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