[Coral-List] Coral List topics and length

Martin Moe martin_moe at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 5 15:26:19 UTC 2019

 Youare correct, John, in a perfect world, or even in a less than perfect world “Thepurpose of the Coral-List listserver is to provide a forum for Internetdiscussions and announcements pertaining to coral reef ecosystem research,conservation, and education.” I thought about this before I posted an articleexploring an aspect of religion that could/might negatively affect how humanitydirects its resources with regard to the future of environmental decline.Shortly after I hastily posted that, I regretted doing so. However, these arenot environmentally “normal” times. Coral reefs are ecologically dynamic. Asmany on this list have pointed out, coral reefs are hot beds of environmentalchange, but on a human time scale these historical changes are glacial (as in establishinga time frame in reference to the movement of rivers of ice just hundreds of yearsago). The problems we are dealing with now at this time are either caused by,or greatly influenced by; the increasing presence and technological innovationsof a human population that has invaded almost every nook and cranny of theplanet. Most of the activities in coral reef science at this time are directed,and rightfully so, at what is causing and how to correct the rapid decline ofcoral reefs in this modern age of destruction of our natural environments. So Ithink it is quite appropriate to describe, discuss, investigate, and exploreways to prevent and preserve coral reefs in hopes of preventing the loss ofthese exceptional and critical environments. Politics and the results ofpolitical actions do impact the health and existence of coral reefs and shouldbe explored, documented, and corrected. Religion? Maybe not, but religion sometimes (maybeeven more often than that) influences politics, so sometimes old scientists with nothingto lose, may venture into verboten areas, at their own peril.

    On Friday, July 5, 2019, 08:57:14 AM EDT, John Ware via Coral-List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:  
 Dear List,

The following is copied from Coral List website:

*The purpose of the Coral-List listserver is to provide a forum for 
Internet discussions and announcements pertaining to coral reef 
ecosystem research, conservation, and education.*

This is followed by a list of appropriate subjects.  While there are no 
restrictions, I do not see religion or politics on the list.

Also, I seem to recall that, a few years ago, there was a suggestion 
that contributions to the list were becoming too long and perhaps 
contributors should consider limiting their inputs to 200 words or so.

Am I the only one who is tired of seeing the same 4 or 5 people writing 
to each other on topics that do not seem to fall into the purpose of the 
list and are way, way, way too long??

I know that the Coral List is not restricted in topics and/or length and 
I know climate change affects reefs, but, in my opinion, enough is enough!!



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