[Coral-List] A World without Coral Reefs?
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Fri Sep 6 10:06:38 EDT 2013
If somehow we could manage to keep
moving the crushing economic machine in spite of everything, we would get
probably easily used to a world without coral reefs as we did to a sea without
big fishes, a land without forests and wildlife, rivers without clean waters
How many do even
know there was a forest where most of our monocultures grow or cities lay
nowadays. Give it one or two generations and coral reefs could be forgotten
too. Algae ecosystems are still nicer than monocultures or shopping malls and
car parks after all.
Bad jokes aside, the only hope lies in the fact
that the machine is choking, and it is chocking because billing time is
approaching. But until we try to cure it with the same recipe and mindset we have used to drive it, I doubt we will make any progress.
From: Dennis Hubbard <dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu>
To: Phillip Dustan <phil.dustan at gmail.com>
Cc: "coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov" <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 5:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] A World without Coral Reefs?
Wow, what a great poster! Do you have this in a Powerpoint format or
something else where I could show the slides to a class? The resolution
would not hold up from the jpg.
On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM, Phillip Dustan <phil.dustan at gmail.com>wrote:
> Dear Dennis,
> Your post reminded me of a poster I assembled in 2004 based on Sir
> Nicholas Nuttalls campaign to save the groupers in the Bahamas. He used
> "Imagine the Bahamas without grouper" which I turned into Imagine the Keys
> without corals?
> Sad to say it's just about happened................
> Here's the Dropbox url
> All the best
> *"When one tugs at a single thing in nature *
> *he finds it attached to the rest of the world."*
> * John Muir*
> Phillip Dustan PhD
> Department of Biology
> College of Charleston, SC
> Charleston SC 29424
> 843-953-8086 office
> 843-224-3321 (mobile)
> On Sun, Sep 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM, Dennis Hubbard <
> dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu> wrote:
>> Steve raises an important point that I've been wrestling with for the past
>> five years or so every time I convene my *Biology, Geology and Politics of
>> Coral Reefs* course; at least one student has asked me this very question
>> every time I teach it.
>> If my understanding of the consensus is correct, even in the most
>> optimistic of scenarios (a 50% reduction of 1990 emissions levels by early
>> to mid century), we'll be seeing CO2 levels at least in the mid-400s and
>> then will probably not see numbers below that in the lifetime of our
>> youngest contributor.
>> I wouldn't advocate for just "facing reality" as this makes it too easy
>> anyone to use this as an excuse to do nothing - and many of the proposed
>> measures will probably have at least collateral environmental benefits
>> corals aren't among the recipients. So, I would ask a modified version of
>> Steve's question. If we do feel that reefs as we know (knew?) them are not
>> likely in the future, then 1) how do we either triage what to save (I
>> against this as it's the same hubris that got us to this point), or 2) how
>> do we determine a strategy that focuses on the things that are most likely
>> to be key ecological elements in the future (note, I use the word
>> "elements" in favor of "species" on purpose).
>> Just to make a wild projection.... we won't reach consensus.
>> On Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM, Steve Mussman <sealab at earthlink.net>
>> > Dear Listers,
>> > I hate to put this out there, but I'm beginning to wonder if I've
>> > kidding myself.
>> > 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
>> > including an honest assessment of the pending impacts of climate
>> > change. In
>> > doing so I've found it necessary to tread carefully in that
>> > 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
>> > last year's consensus statement from the ICRS just based on
>> > institutional inertia of conservationists who value hope over truth
>> > 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
>> > from
>> > their inevitable collapse?
>> > I'm honestly beginning to wonder.
>> > Regards,
>> > Steve
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>> Dennis Hubbard
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