Deforestation is damaging oceans. As trees are felled, chemically-polluted water run-off, darkened with dissolved soil, can flow into the sea. The chemicals accumulate in fish and the sediment-filled waters prevent light from reaching corals. With rainforests acting as a store for 40% of the world’s carbon vast quantities of carbon dioxide is released when they’re burned. Increased carbon emissions are contributing more than ever to rising global temperatures and unpredictable weather patterns.
As average temperatures rise, ice caps melt and the sea temperature follows too. Highly sensitive corals are bleached as a result of this change. These ‘rainforests of the sea’, of which a quarter of marine life depends upon, are being damaged and destroyed at an unprecedented rate.