[Coral-List] Shifting Baselines
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Tue Jan 8 15:28:41 EST 2013
Francesca's post reminded us that our baselines continually shift. In an
effort to avoid that happening too quickly among coral reef scientists and
managers, Alina Szmant and I, with able editorial assistance from Lisa
Benedetti, teamed up last year to produce a small brochure, Reef
Reminiscences. It was first issued during the 12th ICRS. Download it and
learn about the reefs that existed when some of us began our research
careers a few decades ago. Its incredible that so much has changed in so
short a time (although some of you may consider Jack Randall's dives in
the late 40's to be impossibly long ago, its but a millisecond ago on the
great clock of our planet).
You can download Reef Reminiscences at
And if you want to submit your own ancient memories for a future issue,
get back to me (no promises here).
Mike Risk -- I guess this counts as another straw to clutch at. And I
agree with you -- we have to change the culture, which means decarbonizing
the economy for a start. A fracking big challenge for us all.
United Nations University
Institute for Water, Environment and Health
UNU-INWEH The United Nations Think Tank on Water
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