[Coral-List] Good example of a misleading magazine article title

Capman, William capman at augsburg.edu
Tue Dec 22 00:43:27 EST 2015

There is *so* much maddeningly bad science writing geared toward the
general public.

Other than the title (which really does promote serious misconceptions,
especially if the article is not read thoroughly), this article didn't seem
too bad overall though (at least not too bad compared to a lot of science
articles one encounters).

It does paint a cheerier picture of coral reefs than is warranted though,
not adequately emphasizing that serious bleaching events like the one that
initially damaged this reef are likely to become more and more common.  So,
the wonderful recovery discussed in the article is very possibly going to
be short lived.

On Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 12:10 PM, Charles Delbeek <cdelbeek at calacademy.org>

> The title implies that corals can resist warming events:
> "Study Shows Coral Reefs Can Be ‘Incredibly Resilient’ To Warming Events"
> When in fact the research is talking about how SOME reefs have recovered
> from bleaching events but this has taken decades:
> http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/12/17/3733035/isolated-corals-recover/
> So the corals are not resisting the warming so much as the reefs recover by
> being repopulated and by some corals regrowing aka the "phoenix effect".
> Best regards,
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