[Coral-List] Inadequate emissions pledges for Paris COP21

Richard Dunne RichardPDunne at aol.com
Thu Oct 22 08:28:00 EDT 2015

I have always wondered what the term "Consensus Statement" actually 
meant. Consensus of whom and of what? At least one of the reviewers, 
whose names are on the Statement, has told me that they are not wholly 
in agreement with what it contains.

Should it not simply be a "Statement by ISRS"? I am sure there are many 
others with a slightly different viewpoint on this subject who are also 
members of ISRS. We used to have ISRS Briefing Papers and ISRS 
Statements - why do we now need a "Consensus Statement" when in reality 
it is quite likely to be nothing of the sort.

Richard P Dunne

On 22/10/2015 11:52, Sue Wells wrote:
> To all Coral-listers
> In relation to Peter Sale's plea about climate change, the International
> Society for Reef Studies has just released a consensus statement (authored
> by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the University of Queensland, with Mark Eakin,
> Gregor Hodgon and Charlie Veron, and reviewed by a large team including
> Peter) on the current scientific view of the impact of climate change on
> coral reefs.  As Peter states, the conclusion of this group is that the
> targets being proposed for Paris will NOT reduce greenhouse gas emission NOR
> limit temperature rise to the degree required to prevent widespread coral
> reef decline in the foreseeable future. The rapidly developing Global Coral
> Bleaching Event, which threatens to be more serious than even the 1998
> event, likely heralds further severe decline of coral reefs as a result of
> climate change.
> We would like to distribute the ISRS statement as widely as possibly prior
> to the Paris Climate Change conference at the end of November, in order to
> provide the necessary scientific underpinning of the issue.  The statement
> has gone out to the ISRS membership (some 1000 individuals) and is posted on
> the ISRS website at
> <http://coralreefs.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ISRS-Consensus-Statement-o
> n-Coral-Bleaching-Climate-Change-FINAL-14Oct2015-HR.pdf>
> http://coralreefs.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ISRS-Consensus-Statement-on
> -Coral-Bleaching-Climate-Change-FINAL-14Oct2015-HR.pdf.  A French
> translation is in preparation and we are looking at the possibilities of
> preparing Spanish, Chinese and Arabic versions.  Hard copies of the English
> version (and potentially the French version) are being printed to distribute
> at the Paris conference.
> We would be very grateful if you and/or your institutions could assist with
> dissemination of the message, using the statement itself, or via the text
> and the statement's content.  Please contact me directly if you need any
> further information.
> Sue Wells
> International Society for Reef Studies
> e-mail: suewells1212 at gmail.com
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