[Coral-List] WHAT CAN WE DO??

Phil Dustan dustanp at cofc.edu
Mon Dec 17 08:54:27 EST 2007

Seasons Greeting everyone,
 One this to consider is that we understand yet the vast majority of 
people cannot even conceive of what is going on. Most are just trying to 
get by.  Even worse, the vast majority of people who are is a position 
to do something (i.e. Americans, and others) think the science is bunk 
and some sort of leftwing conspiracy. So while there are lots of things 
we could all do, perhaps the most important aspects deal with education- 
our neighbors, our friends, our politicians, local school, etc.  Right 
now the disconnect is vast and growing. So campaigns that educate and 
show how everyone can help are very meaningful and have the chance of 
actually catching on. This stuff has to become as popular in the US as 
toilet paper.
    And then we should all  plant trees that grow fast and live a long 
time - like oaks, bald cypress, redwoods, etc. We need all the carbon 
sponges we can grow.


Ove Hoegh-Guldberg wrote:
> 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. 
> Regards,
> Ove
> 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  
> commitments.
> 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.
> Cheers,
> 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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