Visits to Belize’s reefs have been climbing, despite them being listed as World Heritage in Danger since 2009.
Elizabeth Albert/Wikimedia Commons
Australia's government has lobbied hard to avoid the Great Barrier Reef being described internationally as being in danger. But that publicity wouldn't necessarily hit tourism that hard anyway.
Conditions in Belize are affected by emissions thousands of miles away.
Air pollution pumped out by factories and power plants in Europe and North America has led to drier spells in the tropics, thousands of miles to the south. Scientists had long suspected this was the case…
Air pollution has been found to have affected coral growth in the Caribbean over many decades.
Lester Kwiatkowski, University of Exeter
Tiny particles of air pollution can stunt the growth of coral reefs, according to a [new study in Nature Geoscience](http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1780](http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1780…