[Coral-List] Researchers Grow Super Corals To Save Reefs From Global Warming: How This Could Impact Marine Life

Benjamin Cowburn benjamindcowburn at googlemail.com
Wed Nov 18 03:46:10 EST 2015

Also, the first image on this article, with a caption describing the
breeding of these 'super-corals' is a collection of clam *(Tridacna spp.)*.
What gives!?

On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 9:38 PM, Steve Mussman <sealab at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Dear Tracy and all,
> I'd like to give you some feedback from the front lines. While personally
> very supportive of efforts like the one described in the article, I have to
> mention that there is an alternate interpretation circulating that needs to
> be addressed. As all of you are aware, we still run into fierce opposition
> when we try to raise awareness of the threats to coral reefs, especially as
> they apply to climate change. I have been focused primarily on the diving
> industry, but the problem is pervasive. I regularly find myself defending
> the scientific community from everything from fraud to high treason.
> Ironically, the same people who reject and vilify science are quick to
> adopt any research that conveniently fits their narrative. In this case,
> the headline "Researchers Grow Super Corals To Save Reefs From Global
> Warming" will likely be exploited as supportive of the idea that we need
> not worry about the effects of climate change because natural reefs can be
> replaced by super corals. All I am
>   suggesting is, like the assurance given that these corals are not to be
> confused with GMOs, we need to be careful to make it clear that research
> involving enhanced resiliency is not intended to provide a full-scale
> replacement for entire marine ecosystems. The best solution is still to act
> decisively to protect and conserve our naturally occurring reefs and, in my
> opinion, care should be taken to frame the debate in this way.   Regards,
> Steve
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Tracy Gill - NOAA Federal <tracy.gill at noaa.gov>
> >Sent: Nov 16, 2015 9:26 AM
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> >Subject: [Coral-List] Researchers Grow Super Corals To Save Reefs From
> Global Warming: How This Could Impact Marine Life
> >
> >
> http://www.techtimes.com/articles/104996/20151111/researchers-grow-super-corals-to-save-reefs-from-global-warming-how-this-could-impact-marine-life.htm
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