coral reef science

How can we expect the average person, or even a politician, to understand what is happening to coral reefs?

Coral reefs should have alerted us by now By now, everybody knows that coral reefs around the world are being seriously degraded by the effects of warmer water caused by climate change.  Occurrences of coral bleaching are far more frequent than they used to be (nobody had witnessed such an event prior to 1982), and … Continue reading »

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Sobering News on Coral Reefs – But We Knew It Would Come to This

The journal, Science, began 2018 with an issue including an update on the status of coral reefs around the world.  Led by Terry Hughes of James Cook University, Australia, a consortium of 25 authors, from around the world though mostly from Australia, compiled data on the history since 1980 of 100 coral reef locations from … Continue reading »

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Hey, our world is a whole lot more complicated than we ecologists seem to believe.

I’ve been thinking a fair bit about the difficult challenges we face if we are going to become that responsible humanity we would like to see emerge in the Anthropocene.  I’m talking about the challenges in steering the planet successfully into a good future, meaning one not too different from the Holocene in which human … Continue reading »

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