[Coral-List] Reassessing Coral Reefs

Judith Lang jlang at riposi.net
Thu Mar 26 17:35:31 EDT 2015

Dear Steve,
Regarding whether climate change should be addressed via adaptation versus mitigation, it seems to me that we're already in a state that both are desperately needed. 

It's easy to get discouraged, but I was recently reminded by a wise young graduate student that, "It's never too little and never too late." For their sake, and for the sake of future generations, the "oldies" amongst us can't allow ourselves to think or act as if mitigation is impossible.

Judy Lang
AGRRA Scientific Coordinator

On Mar 25, 2015, at 2:53 PM, Steve Mussman <sealab at earthlink.net> wrote:
>   Dear Listers,
>   I'm working with others to try and encourage the scuba diving industry to
>   get more proactive
>   with regard to it's policies on coral reef conservation. As you know, there
>   has been no progress
>   within the industry on addressing climate change.. That issue is and has
>   been a non-starter for
>   years. Now the question arises as to whether or not to even focus on that
>   concern going forward.
>   Many of you seem to be resigned to the fact that that ship has already
>   sailed. Recent comments seem
>   to indicate a shift in focus from avoidance to mitigation and adjustment to
>   a new reality which envisions
>   coral reefs as a manifestation of the concept of "novel ecosystems". If that
>   is in fact the case, on what
>   issues should the industry be focusing if and when it ever becomes willing
>   to become seriously involved
>   in developing effective measures designed to conserve the reefs of tomorrow
>   whatever their composition
>   may be? Do we shift entirely to land-based pollutants, sedimentation and
>   over-fishing or do we continue
>   to press for action or at least policy objectives related to sustainability
>   and carbon emissions? I need input.
>   Contact  me  off-list  if necessary, but exchanging ideas openly seems
>   appropriate and even beneficial.
>   It would certainly be refreshing to witness a free flow of ideas.
>   Regards,
>   Steve

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