[Coral-List] Has the death of the Great Barrier Reef been greatly exaggerated??
sealab at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 17 17:07:17 EDT 2016
Yes, it seems that the article/obituary has set off a firestorm. I took it
as satire, but it seems that many readers and scientific purists felt
betrayed. Does it hurt legitimate science? Does it fuel indifference and
hopelessness? I'm not sure, but it did get people talking about the state
of coral reefs and I believe that's better than neglect.. After all, the
higher purpose of satire is to be sure to infuse it with "the intent of
shaming individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into
improvement". You can't deny that in that sense, this is exactly what the
coral doctor ordered.
>From: Douglas Fenner
>Sent: Oct 17, 2016 4:19 AM
>To: coral list
>Subject: [Coral-List] Has the death of the Great Barrier Reef been
>Here's the piece that seems to have started this debate off:
>Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 million BC- 2016)
>A quick search on "is the Great Barrier Reef dead" produced a myriad of
>Great Barrier Reef obituary goes viral, to the horror of scientists.
>An irresponsible obituary for the Great Barrier Reef has gone viral-
>what's actually going on.
>The Great Barrier Reef isn't dead, in spite of its viral obituary
>and many more.
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