WORLD REEF DAY
World Coral Reef Day was celebrated on June 1st. It is well established that the uncontrolled production of carbon dioxide has fatal consequences on the now reefs; ring temperatures and acidification of the seas are a deadly combination of these wonderful ecosystems.
Corals are one of the most credible indicators that measure the sea’s health. From 2014 to 2017 their population has in fact dropped dramatically due to the phenomenon of bleaching, which occurs mainly due to the overheating of the waters of the oceans. The result is the expulsion by the coral, which is nothing more than a set of very small polyps, of the algae that it keeps inside and from which it obtains nourishment thanks to its photosynthesis. Moreover, since the seaweed attributes color to the structure, its sudden disappearance ends up slowly whitening the affected barrier section.
Reef Day & Architecture
Architecture through time has had an important interconnection with water in too many ways. In fact, really often, architecture acts as the centre of activity to preserve, promote and encourage sustainability. Therefore, Reef Day represents an opportunity to create consciousness about ocean’s life and how reefs take an important role within it. So important that they substantially reduce coastal flooding and erosion by dissipating as much as 97 percent of incident wave energy.
A coral factory could save us
Ken Nedimyer began to witness the phenomenon of coral bleaching that hit Florida’s Key areas, having to search for a solution.
In 2007 he founded the Coral Restoration Foundation, with the aim of "installing" a new coral reef off the coast of Florida where most of the corals have been lost. Through a series of experiments in the laboratory and starting from small fragments of corals still alive, his staff has gradually managed to grow more and more specimens in special tanks. Once the possibility of "breeding" these species was established, and through other experiments, he began to transplant corals into the sea.
This brilliant experiment can only give us hope for the future. Corals are essential for life in the sea. Their eventual disappearance would have enormous consequences.