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We've Seen the Enemy and the Enemy Is Us

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Tourism impact on coral reefs
Tourism, the world's largest industry, is a primary cause of damage to coastal habitats and coral reefs.

In this century 20-50 percent of earth's species will be wiped out by earth's most powerful exterminator--us.  Scientists, self-taught eco experts and environmental groups around the world are working frantically to save what's left.  Ecological scientists have isolated fragments of pristine natural habitat and are literally building walls around these areas to prevent further damage and destruction.

The strategy is a last ditch effort to "push the species of the world through a bottleneck" as Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson describes it.  The bottleneck is us, six billion today, another 250,000 tomorrow and every day after that, and 12 billion or so by 2050.  A fifty year interval, a nanosecond on the evolutionary timeline.  The neck of the bottle is becoming smaller every day...

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