[Coral-List] WHAT CAN WE DO??

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg oveh at uq.edu.au
Mon Dec 17 02:14:09 EST 2007

However tough the news is, I believe it is essential we face facts and start asking the type of important question that Tom Williams has asked.  As with most climate adaptation problems, the sooner we start, the cheaper and more effective the solutions are likely to be.  One thing does remain, however, and that is that rapid mitigation of global emissions by all nations is an absolute and vital necessity.  Do that and we will save ourselves an entire world of problems. 



Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Professor and Director
Centre for Marine Studies
The University of Queensland

Blog: http://www.climateshifts.org

-----Original Message-----
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Judith Lang
Sent: Sunday, 16 December 2007 7:18 AM
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: [Coral-List] WHAT CAN WE DO??

Tom Williams raises an important question when he asks: "WHAT CAN WE  
DO??," now that the risk from carbon emissions to coral reefs and  
those who depend upon them for their livelihoods is receiving some  
well-deserved publicity.

Here are a few suggestions for starters:
We CAN set a positive example for our neighbours and colleagues by  
our daily choices of how much fossil fuel we consume, both directly  
as a fuel and indirectly via our use of hot water, paper, plastic  
bags, electronic trinkets, exotic foods, etc., etc.

We CAN minimize our long-distance work-related travel to that which  
is really necessary to fulfill our research and educational needs or  

Those of us with some discretionary income CAN spend some of it on  
carbon-offset programs: for example, planting trees in the tropics  
where they will grow year round which also helps nourish impoverished  
soils, and provides food, fuel or income for poor communities.

Judy Lang

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Tom Williams <ctwiliams at yahoo.com>
> Date: December 14, 2007 1:59:28 PM EST
> To: Coral Listserver <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Fwd: Re: New Science Paper Says Carbon  
> Emissions [MORE THAN] THREATEN Coral Reefs
> Reply-To: ctwiliams at yahoo.com
> From: Tom Williams <ctwiliams at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [Coral-List] New Science Paper Says
> Carbon Emissions [MORE THAN] THREATEN Coral Reefs
> It appears to be FAR WORST than indicated in the
> Subject Line Check the conclusions --- WHAT CAN WE
> DO??
> PARTIAL From Science
> Science 14 December 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5857, pp.
> 1737 - 1742   DOI: 10.1126/science.1152509
> Coral Reefs Under Rapid Climate Change and Ocean
> Acidification
> O. Hoegh-Guldberg,1* P. J. Mumby,2 A. J. Hooten,3 R.
> S. Steneck,4 P. Greenfield,5 E. Gomez,6 C. D.
> Harvell,7 P. F. Sale,8 A. J. Edwards,9 K.,
> Caldeira,10, N. Knowlton,11 C. M. Eakin,12 R.
> Iglesias-Prieto,13  N.Muthiga,14 R. H. Bradbury,15 A.
> Dubi,16 M. E. Hatziolos17
> "Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is
> expected to exceed 500 parts per million and global
> temperatures to rise by at least 2°C by 2050 to
> 2100, values that significantly exceed those of at
> least the past 420,000 years during which most extant
> marine organisms evolved.
> Under conditions expected in the 21st century,
> global warming and ocean acidification will compromise
> carbonate accretion, with corals becoming increasingly rare on reef  
> systems.
> ...................
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