Climate Change: Coral Reefs On The Edge

Climate Change: Coral Reefs on the Edge was first made publicly available ahead of The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15). OAA remains committed to supporting information and education projects and is proud to host this authoritative 27 -minute video online.

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

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg describes how increased Co2 concentrations in the atmosphere are bringing about both warming of the seas and ocean acidification, which may both accelerate the disappearance of coral reefs in the next few decades. He warns that current efforts to curb Co2 emissions are falling well short of what’s needed to protect coral reefs.


Created in collaboration with Education Services Australia, The Le@rning Federation, Specialty Studios and Plankton Productions, Climate Change: Coral Reefs on the Edge  has been adapted for classroom use as a series of educational video modules with teacher’s guide, student templates and other useful material.

A comprehensive classroom education resource package, Climate Change and Coral Reefs, is available in Australia through Scootle, The National Digital Learning Resource Network and from The Video Project in the USA.

For more information – See Coral Reef Classroom Education Resources

See IPPC 5th Asessment Report, Chapter on the Oceans here:

As a marine biologist who has studied coral reefs for  25 years, I’ve begun to worry that these complex, spectacular global ecosystems may completely disappear from the planet within a couple of decades. Unfortunately, my concern is based on hard evidence.


Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg – is a marine biologist and Director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia. His research for the last 25 years has focused on the impact of climate change on coral reefs. Several of his published works are among the top ten most cited works over the past decade in the area of climate change and coral reefs.

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