Communicting 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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Muddled Messages: The need for clarity in discussing the environmental crisis.

Those of us who express concern about sustaining the natural world see some urgency in the need to change our behavior.  We see value in natural ecosystems and danger if we do not sustain them.  Many other people do not share this concern.  Will more clarity bridge the gap? On March 1st 1872, President Ulysses … 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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