+2.4º Coral reefs almost extinct

A poem by Dorothy Alexander

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In North America, a new
dust-bowl brings deserts to
life in the high plains states,
centred on Nebraska, but
also wipes out agriculture and
cattle ranching as sand dunes
appear across five US states
from Texas in the south to
Montana in the north.
Rising sea levels accelerate
as the Greenland ice sheet
tips into irreversible melt,
submerging atoll nations
and low-lying deltas. In Peru,
disappearing Andean glaciers
mean 10 million people face
water shortages. Warming
seas wipe out the Great
Barrier Reef
and make coral
reefs virtually extinct throughout
the tropics. Worldwide, a third
of all species on the planet
face extinction. We have



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