[Coral-List] FW: UNESCO & Climate Change ????

Martin Pêcheux martin.pecheux at free.fr
Tue Jul 5 18:45:43 EDT 2005

Dear Ari Hershowitz, Hi feeling fellows,

Declare he Belize Barrier Reef "In Danger" due to climate change ???? But all reefs are in danger due to climate change !!!
I would even say: they were. Half too late  for today (already 48% corals gone, Wilkinson and 239 others, 2004, tab. p. 9; at least 3/4 due to global change I am sure), and
given it is seemingly exponential (roughly 2-3% in 1980, 10% in 1992, 48% today) and inertia of economics (but consciousness chain reaction ? dixit Einstein)

To declare in danger one reef in particular can only lead people to think that the others are safe. Your approach is dangerous.
And what can you do in particular agaisnt climate change in Belize ? Reduce greenhouse gas (we all agree it urges), so its worth for all reefs....

Best regards,

-- Dr. Martin Pêcheux
Institut des Foraminifères Symbiotiques
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To be read absolutely by any scientific, and by anyone who wants to know
what is Science, the famous funny George Perec:Tomatotropic
(also one level up, http://pauillac.inria.fr/~xleroy/stuff)

Tuesday 5 July 2005: International Fête of Aphelion, 152.1 millions km, greatest distance between Earth and Sun
As Earth is like a spinning top, we will fêté it at the Autumn Solstice in about 5000 years. This is the precession cycle which has done part of the glacial cycles, particularly before 800
kyr, and a little again since 400 kyr. Since 800 kyr, the 100 kyr excentricity cycle dominates, why ?? El Niño ??

"Hershowitz, Ari" a *crit :

> Dear Coral list,
> Please consider the request below to help environmental groups in Belize who are asking the World Heritage Committee to declare the Belize Barrier Reef "In Danger" due to climate change.
> Thanks,
> Ari Hershowitz
> Director, BioGems Project, Latin America
> Natural Resources Defense Council
> Subject: UNESCO & Climate Change:  Send e-mail now!
> E-Bulletin
> Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, U.S.
> =~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=
> July 1, 2005
> Dear Friends,
> E-LAW partners in Belize, Nepal, and Peru need your help to urge the
> UNESCO World Heritage Committee to protect glaciers in the Himalayas and
> Andes, and coral reefs off Belize from the dangers of climate change.
> Pioneering lawyers submitted groundbreaking legal petitions to UNESCO in
> November 2004 that link environmental damage to these World Heritage
> Sites to climate change.  They are asking the World Heritage Committee
> to declare the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, Huascarán National
> Park in Peru, and Mount Everest and the Sagarmatha National Park in
> Nepal as World Heritage Sites “In Danger,� thereby establishing a
> duty among nations that are Parties to the Convention to protect these
> sites.
>   From July 10th - July 17th, the World Heritage Committee meets in
> Durban, South Africa.  We are helping E-LAW partners mobilize support
> for their petitions and asking you to urge the Committee to save these
> critical ecosystems for future generations.
> To learn more and submit an e-mail letter, please visit:
> http://www.elaw.org/campaigns/info.asp?id=2929
> Please write before July 8th.  Let the World Heritage Committee hear
> from people all over the world who are concerned about the impacts of
> climate change on irreplaceable natural treasures.
> Thank you.
> Sincerely,
> Jennifer Gleason
> Staff Attorney
> E-LAW U.S.
> P.S.  E-mail messages received during the meeting (July 10 - 17) will
> also be valuable.  Thank you!
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