Monthly Archives: July 2014

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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Our Changing Climate and its Economic Impacts

We are suffering a fever.  Month after month, this old planet just keeps getting warmer.  Not actually hotter month by month – we still have summer and winter.  But each month is usually a little bit warmer than it was a few years ago at the same month.  Despite the cold episodes in our winter … Continue reading »

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Zone Tropical Coastal Oceans; Manage Them More Like Land

Lots of People Live Along Tropical Coasts We appear to have been always a coastal species.  If we define ‘coastal’ as ‘within 100 km of a coastline’, then the coastal strip comprises 21% of all land, but is currently occupied by 2.6 billion people, 37% of humanity.  If we limit attention to the tropical coastal … Continue reading »

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