[Coral-List] A World without Coral Reefs?
sealab at earthlink.net
Sat Aug 31 15:13:49 EDT 2013
I hate to put this out there, but I'm beginning to wonder if I've been
I've been collaborating with others in an effort to urge the diving industry
to openly address the issue of local and global threats to coral reefs
including an honest assessment of the pending impacts of climate change. In
doing so I've found it necessary to tread carefully in that strong
resistance remains intact throughout the industry at just the mention of the
term climate change.
But that's not really my focus at this point. What I want to know is this:
Are efforts to forestall or mitigate the impacts of climate change on coral
reef ecosystems already past the point being practical? Are efforts like
last year's consensus statement from the ICRS just based on the
institutional inertia of conservationists who value hope over truth and
scientists who can't see the reefs for the corals? Am I (are we) spreading
false beliefs and misdirecting efforts by persisting that coral reefs have a
future rather than urging that we begin to address the greater fallout from
their inevitable collapse?
I'm honestly beginning to wonder.
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