I'm standing beside a recovering cowfish in a sickbay. It's not clear what her ailment is, but she watches me with a glint of sadness in her eyes. Then she blows a kiss, or at least with her pursed lips it sure looks like she does. Her tank is marked QUARANTINE.
These images show the dire threat to the world's reefs, which hold some 25 percent of marine life.
On the last EcoWatch report card our oceans received a "D" grade. This grade is based on factors including pollution, overfishing and the impacts of climate change, biodiversity, carbon storage, coastal protection, clean waters, natural products, coastal livelihoods, economies, tourism and recreation.
"And we all know what the greatest contribution to climate change is: that's mining coal for export." MELBOURNE, Aug 12 (Reuters