Letting coral reefs die will actually cost us more than saving them

coral reef cost

Earth's coral reefs are having a rough go of things as of late. Ocean warming — prompted by manmade climate change — is wreaking havoc on established reef systems and scientists don't think they'll ever be able to fully recover.

The scientific community is unified in its acknowledgement that mankind needs to do something to save coral reefs, but getting lawmakers (some of whom are quite friendly with energy lobbyists who would rather we all just forget about nature entirely) to pledge support (read: $$$) is often tough. Now, a new study led by Michael Beck of the University of California - Santa Cruz reveals that ignoring the dire situation coral reefs are in might cost the United States more than it would to save them.

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