[Coral-List] More on the Anthropocene, coral reefs and US politics

Paul Sammarco psammarco at lumcon.edu
Thu Dec 8 14:44:13 EST 2016

Dear Peter,

Well said.  

Corals are the canaries of the reef ecosystem because of their limited
environmental tolerances and heightened sensitivity to environmental change,
and coral reef ecosystems are the canaries for the other ecosystems of the



Paul W. Sammarco, Ph.D.
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[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Peter Sale
Sent: Thursday, November 24, 2016 10:38 PM
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: [Coral-List] More on the Anthropocene, coral reefs and US politics

Hi listers,
After the thread on politics on the list dwindled to its end, I put some
thoughts together for my blog.  It looks at evidence we are definitely in
the Anthropocene, recent progress on global climate change politics, and
what the election of Donald Trump might do to momentum.  I don't provide
much new information on reefs, but do argue that the coral reef story is
very important, and should be articulated much more effectively, and in new
ways, so that what is happening to coral reefs around the world becomes a
clearly recognized symbol for what we are risking by continuing our
planet-trashing ways.  The Anthropocene could become a roller coaster ride
to hell, and coral reefs tell us we are all seated on that roller coaster.

The link is at

Peter Sale
sale at uwindsor.ca<mailto:sale at uwindsor.ca>
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