[Coral-List] Coral scientists for climate action

Risk, Michael riskmj at mcmaster.ca
Sat Aug 29 15:24:16 UTC 2020

   Good day.

   I was catching up on the news on a rainy morning. Roger Cohn's piece in
   yesterday's NYT, about how a lie told three times becomes truth. (He
   was referring to politics in our southern neighbour, but we can't talk
   about that here.) Then onto the statement by the Premier of Ontario
   that, in order to slow the spread of Covid-19, university students
   should refrain from partying: another example of how the shrewdest
   politicians can be stunningly blind.

   Your post contains two misconceptions/errors. You have been called on
   these before, and I wish you would stop.

   You state that global warming is "the major cause of coral reef
   decline." This is obviously not so. Read Gardner 2002 again. Talk to

   You then again pivot to the "overpopulation" meme, which is also
   untrue. About a year ago Nicole Crain told you "Alina, there is some
   great literature I think you might consider reading to help you better
   understand the forces behind environmental destruction."

   It's not people "over there" doing it. It's people right here.


   From: Coral-List <coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> on behalf of
   Alina Szmant via Coral-List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
   Sent: Friday, August 28, 2020 12:46 PM
   To: Franziska Elmer <franziskaelmer at hotmail.com>;
   coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
   Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Coral scientists for climate action

   Dear All:
   Covid is being attributed with less fossil fuel emissions because
   people aren't traveling as much. But here in US I see people sitting in
   their cars wirh engine running for hours waitingfir doctors and vet
   appointments,  food pickup,  etc, even large vehicles and trucks. I am
   guessing that millions of people doing this everyday is going to add
   up  and become a new source of CO2 emissions at least in US. Anyone
   calculating how much this would contribute to globo warming,  the major
   direct cause of coral reef decline ( other than too many.humans on
   Earth, the root cause)?
   Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
   -------- Original message --------
   From: Franziska Elmer via Coral-List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
   Date: 8/28/20 11:43 AM (GMT-05:00)
   To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
   Subject: [Coral-List] Coral scientists for climate action
   Dear Coral list,
   Our coral reefs are one of the 9 Tipping points that could be triggered
   by climate change. We could lose them forever. Our reefs are projected
   to be lost almost completely at 2 C warming, a threshold that will be
   reached within the life times of many of us unless there is more global
   action on climate change. Currently we are looking forward to a career
   full of tears and despair, where we work endlessly to help save our
   reefs while not enough action is done globally to halt climate change.
   The money spoken for recession relief linked to the COVID-19 crisis
   will likely be our last change to turn the ship around and create world
   were global warming does not surpass 1.5 C or 2 C
   ([1]https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0883-0). The industries
   supported by this spending will likely be the industries we are locked
   into for the next 30 years. That is why speaking up about climate
   change and putting it into the media is super important right now.
   Do you want more climate action? Then join us! We want to form a group
   of coral reef scientists that are highly concern about climate change
   and want to demand urgent action through creative
   displays/dance/theater/art that will be held on the same day all around
   the world. The date will likely be in early November.
   If you are interested in being involved in this in any form (organizer,
   local participant, spreading the word) then please fill out this form
   and we will be in touch with you soon!
   Dr. Franziska Elmer and Elinor Nadir (PhD candidate)
   Franziskaelmer at hotmail.com
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