This video, the first in the Science Sense series, is available to view free online to encourage greater awareness of the science behind the threat posed by climate change, as well as the need for dramatic action by the nations of the world, starting at the December 2009 Copenhagen Conference.

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Designed to help students in middle school through college to understand the science of climate change and coral reefs and encourage them to conduct their own science investigations and presentations. The DVD will include the full video plus four learning modules based on the chapters in the film, a teacher's guide, and other educational resources.

Available late February 2010.

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Science Sense Series

This is the first in a new video series. The programs in the series will feature some of the world's leading scientists presenting the science behind the environmental challenges we face -- making the science behind these critical issues sensible to us all and providing a factual basis for acting on real solutions.

Climate Change: Coral Reefs on the Edge

One of the world's top marine biologists presents scientific evidence that C02 emissions will lead to the extinction of the world's coral reefs -- impacting hundreds of millions of people and 25% of all marine species -- unless dramatic international action is taken soon by global political leaders.

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Climate Change: Coral Reefs on the Edge

28 Minutes

In clear and direct language, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, one of the world's leading coral biologists, presents his scientific findings that document how C02 emissions are pushing the world's coral reefs to the brink of extinction.

coral reefCoral reefs are the largest living structures on earth, home to 25% of all marine species, and a primary source of food and income for over 500 million people. Coral reefs are a sensitive and vital indicator of the negative impact climate change is having on the world's oceans. 

In the video, Prof. Hoegh-Guldberg shows how increased CO2 emissions have led to warming of the seas and ocean acidification, both of which have already caused the death of many coral reefs and may cause their mass extinction in the next few decades.

He warns that current efforts to curb C02 emissions are falling well short of what's needed to protect coral reefs. He concludes that we need to view the problem as a global one requiring rapid and decisive action by the world's leaders to greatly reduce carbon emissions.

His presentation is illustrated with stunning high definition footage from the collection of renowned underwater cinematographer David Hannan, as well as with Prof. Hoegh-Guldberg's own charts and graphs.

The presentation is divided into these sections:
  • The Importance of Coral Reefs
  • Climate Change and Coral Bleaching
  • Ocean Acidification
  • How Much CO2 is Too Much For Coral Reefs?
  • Conclusion: What Do We Do About It?

About Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Ph. D., is Director of the Global Change Institute at the Prof Ove Hoegh-GuldbergUniversity of Queensland, Australia. His research for the last 20 years has focused on the impact of climate change on coral reefs.

His published works include over 160 refereed publications and book chapters. Three of his publications are now the 1st, 4th and 6th most cited works over the past 10 years in the area of “climate change”. Two of these papers are also the 1st and 2nd most cited papers in the area of “coral reefs”.

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