[Coral-List] Impact of listing 66 coral species on coral research

Steve Mussman sealab at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 11 10:07:57 EST 2012

   Dear Gene,

   I  suppose  you  will  never understand/learn why coral scientists and
   environmentalists are so worried about the impacts of anthropogenic climate
   change..  Although the geological record is essential for understanding how
   species respond to natural climate change, there are a number of reasons why
   future effects on biodiversity will likely be different and particularly
   severe. Human-induced warming is already rapid and is expected to accelerate
   further. Changes, not in models, but in the real world of glaciers, heat
   records, species distribution and behavior, are already evident.  It is
   quite possible that in a geological instant, planetary conditions will be
   transformed to a state unlike anything that the worldâs modern species have
   ever encountered. Most ecosystems have already degraded and lost resilience
   from past human activities. In this context, synergies from temperature
   increases, ocean acidification, chemical pollution and other factors could
   lead to cascading extinctions for the changes are occurring too rapidly for
   adaptations like those found in the geological record to reoccur.

          And this time around, we believe we could have done something about


   -----Original Message-----
   >From: Eugene Shinn
   >Sent: Dec 10, 2012 3:31 PM
   >To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
   >Subject: [Coral-List] Impact of listing 66 coral species on coral research
   >Dear Listers, I suppose coral biologists and environmentalists will
   >never understand/learn what the geology of coral reefs is telling us.
   >As pointed out many, many times, about 98 percent of the Florida Keys
   >reefs are no less than a meter thick yet they have been underwater at
   >least 6,000 years. Acropora has come and gone several times during
   >that period long before all the current hysteria about
   >Co2/warming/alkalinity shift began. Seems likely that if history were
   >not repeating itself our reefs would be many meters thicker and
   >contain a continuous record of all the species we worry about. Gene
   >No Rocks, No Water, No Ecosystem (EAS)
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