[Coral-List] "Good news" post by Gene, about Ove
Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov
Sat Dec 20 09:02:38 EST 2008
I want Coral-Listers (and especially Ove) to know that I asked Gene
whether or not he was sure he wanted to post the "good news" article
before I approved it for circulation. Obviously, he did. My thoughts
on letting this message out were these:
a) Ove's work stands on its own as well-intentioned good science, so
no amount of assailing it through the news media is likely to
besmirch him or the work. His work is peer-reviewed just like every
other reputable professional scientist's work.
b) The article represents a real-world threat to good and
well-meaning scientists everywhere; namely, that some folks in the
media will jump on anything to discredit someone they have it in
for. (Think of the anti-global warming crowd.) All you can do is
carry on and do the best science you can do.
c) Who among us has not said what they think is right, in the
interest of serving the cause of conservation, yet may be wrong?
For instance, some people feel high temperature is the main cause of
coral bleaching, yet some folks think African dust is a primary
reason and others should get enlightened. It's complex, all we can
do is the best we can do.
d) Hopefully, somebody will slam the "journalist" who wrote it, and
in a public way, assailing him with truth and science, rather than
through diatribe and innuendo.
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