[Coral-List] NOAA Finds 66 Corals Warrant Listing under the US Endangered Species Act
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Thu Dec 6 09:16:56 EST 2012
Â· The first step in effectively dealing with any problem is to
acknowledge that it exists. (i.e. Listing).
Â· Although somewhat subjective, I would argue that the value and
import of these corals justifies the âtax-supported expenseâ.
Â· In a more perfect world another layer of government bureaucracy
would not be necessary, but there appears to be nothing beyond regulation
that will convince the private sector to address the issue.
Could it be that in addition to your aversion to government intervention and
concerns regarding the fiscal cliff, you are distressed by the fact that the
three major threats identified (rising ocean temperatures, ocean
acidification, and disease) are linked to greenhouse gas emissions and a
If so, keep in mind that NOAAâs proposal points out that âdespite the broad
global threats to corals, there is evidence that alleviating more local
stressors can help improve resiliency for many coral speciesâ. Let's hope
they're right, but be thinking of more comprehensive strategies in case
ocean temperature increases and acidification prove predominant.
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