[Coral-List] Number of Signees of ISRS Coral Bleaching & Climate Change Petition reaches 1000

Hughes, Terry terry.hughes at jcu.edu.au
Fri Nov 13 23:00:56 EST 2015

Hi Rupert,

I'm delighted to see the ISRS statement exceed 1000 endorsements. Congratulations!

FYI - The 12ICRS statement https://secure.jcu.edu.au/app/form/coralcoe/registration.cfm has also received a new pulse of endorsements in the past 10 days or so, rising now to 3,542.

Cheers, Terry

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Subject: [Coral-List] Number of Signees of ISRS Coral Bleaching & Climate Change Petition reaches 1000

Dear Coral Listers,

The number of ISRS members, coral-listers and colleagues signing the on-line petition in support of the ISRS Consensus Statement on Coral Bleaching and Climate Change has passed a thousand! Indeed at the moment of writing it has reached 1129! And this in only 5 days, a point to note when lobbying congressmen, government ministers, and COP21 delegates.

The Society is enormously grateful to all of you who have taken the time to sign the petition and lobby friends and colleagues to do likewise. It is a privilege to find oneself among a community of like-minded scientists, willing to speak up on behalf of the coral reefs we study and care so much about.

If you have not so far signed the on-line petition, please consider doing so. It should only take a moment. It can be found at: 

If you have yourself signed the petition, please consider sending an email to your like minded friends and colleagues encouraging them to also do so. The draft of a suitable email that you might like to copy as is or adapt is shown below.

With thanks to all,

Prof. Rupert Ormond, Corresponding Secretary, International Society for Reef Studies Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland


Dear Friends and Colleagues!

I am writing to you, because, as you may know, corals are uniquely sensitive to above normal ocean temperatures, and increasingly, as a result of global warming, coral reefs around the world are being devastated though a mechanism called coral bleaching. When water temperatures increase above about 30 degs C, the corals turn white, and then, if unusually warm conditions continue, they die. Because of this and other factors the amount of live coral on reefs as far apart as the Caribbean and the Great Barrier Reef is now only a third to a half of what it was historically. In fact, as I write, coral bleaching is occurring across the Pacific in places as far apart as Hawaii and the Great Barrier Reef, and right across the northern Caribbean. The International Society for Reef Studies, to which most reef scientists and managers belong, has recently produced an evidence-based Statement (that can be downloaded from their website: www.coralreefs.org
<http://www.coralreefs.org>) urging nations and negotiators at the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris to adopt restrictions on carbon emissions that will insure global temperatures increase by no more then 1.5 deg C in the long-term. At present we are heading for an increase of at least 2.5 deg C, which will prove very difficult if not impossible to reverse. Please support this statement by signing the petition at


PLEASE DO THIS and pass on this request by forwarding this email to like-minded colleagues and friends, urging them to do likewise.

with thanks,

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