[Coral-List] Coral Reef Degradation

Esther Peters estherpeters at verizon.net
Thu Jul 28 18:02:20 EDT 2016

Hi Steve,

I think we need to change the conversation: if the reefs are not safe 
for the corals or other organisms living on them, humans are also not 
safe. Dennis Hubbard pointed that out in a recent coral-list message. We 
need to look at the big picture and figure out how to get others to 
understand and, more importantly, take action!

Esther Peters

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

On 7/28/2016 11:39 AM, Bruno, John wrote:
> Dear Steve, yes I agree.  My only quibble is that reefs in no take Caribbean MPAs already have been greatly impacted by warming. And that is not going too far; the prognosis is that they are pretty much toast under the “business as usual” emissions scenario (A2/RCP 8.5), e.g., http://gci.uq.edu.au/climate-change-threatens-survival-of-coral-reefs
> JB
>> Dear John,
>> How would I express your findings in layman's terms if I wanted to advise and inform an audience composed of dive industry professionals?  Would I be consistent with your findings if I said . . . "it is certainly beneficial to address local stressors, but we should not lose sight of the fact that even the world's most "pristine" reefs like those found in remote areas of the Pacific and well-managed, no take MPAs in the Caribbean will eventually succumb to the impacts of a warming world if we don't take aggressive and timely steps to address climate change"?  Is that going too far?  What's the prognosis for the world's best coral reefs if we just continue to do business as usual?
>> Steve Mussman
>> Sea Lab Diving
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