Our Dying Planet

Cumulative Effects, Synergistic Stressors, and the Decline of Coral Reefs

The Coral Reefs of the Caribbean Dr. Thomas F. Goreau, who died in 1970 at just 45 years age, was a pioneer coral reef ecologist who began studying the reefs of Jamaica in 1951.  A faculty member at the University of the West Indies, he established the Discovery Bay Marine Lab, which still operates on … Continue reading »

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Maybe it is time for a serious rethink? Is a moral economic policy possible?

Has anyone failed to notice how full of garbage the ocean has become?  The southern Indian Ocean is a long way from anywhere, but searchers for Malaysian Airlines 370 keep spotting objects that turn out to be fishing nets, plastic jugs, shipping pallets and other refuse.  Nothing that has been anywhere near a plane.  I … Continue reading »

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Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts on Coral Reefs…By Sliding our Baselines.

It was early June 1998.  I was at a workshop at University of Miami, at which we finalized the methodology for what came to be known as AGRRA – the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment.  AGRRA was the brainchild of Bob Ginsberg, noted reef geologist at University of Miami.  He thought it would be … Continue reading »

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