Climate change degrading marine habitats: UNDP

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Warming ocean waters are causing major shifts in fish distribution and severe degradation of coastal habitats. That according to a report by the UN Development Programme, UNDP.

The report warns that Large Marine Ecosystems or LMEs, as they're called, are at risk because of climate change, affecting the lives of billions of people who depend on the $12 trillion generated annually from large marine ecosystems, such as oceans and marine habitats.

The report found, for example, that in West Africa, large populations of sardines are moving away from traditional fishing grounds.

And in Asia, the increased intensity of monsoon rains in the Bay of Bengal is placing millions of people in coastal communities at risk.

UNDP says other risks from climate change, outlined in the report, include effects of sea level rise, coastal erosion, and the negative effects of carbon dioxide emissions on the acidification of LME waters around the world.

But there's help on the way. The Global Environment Facility, a partnership of governments and organizations that addresses global environmental issues, has raised $4 billion to help address the issue in 100 countries around the world.

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