Take Roger Bradbury very seriously. He’s no crank: coral reef specialist, heavy background in mathematical ecology, published repeatedly in Science. Chief and director of more scientific panels than you could roll a raccoon over. So when he says the coral reef ecosystem is already effectively extinct — not the Florida Keys, not the Great Barrier Reef, but the whole global system of tropical reefs everywhere; not just at risk or imperiled or endangered, but fucking dead already, running brain-dead and galvanic for a few more years on nothing but sheer unsustainable inertia — you’d better listen.
So that aspect of Rogers Bradbury’s Op-Ed in today’s New York Times is generally accurate. The world’s coral reefs have indeed changed, are under enormous pressure, and their future is threatened.
But are they really “on a trajectory to collapse within a human generation”? No.
Is there really “no hope of saving the global coral reef ecosystem”? No, there is hope.
And is the “scientific evidence for this is compelling and unequivocal”? No, not remotely.
Temperature and acidification are increasing and these pressures do have great inertia, but they are certainly NOT “unstoppable and irreversible”.
We have many examples of places where local threats like fishing and pollution have been reduced or reversed
hippybear: Anyway, isn't the point of being concerned about things like coral reefs more that they are useful symbols for the health of the ocean in general and its ability to provide the things humans have been eating out of it for millennia?
No Robots: The scientific establishment has no interest whatsoever in a fundamental alteration of mankind's relationship with the rest of nature. Scientists have grown fat sucking on the teats of our political and corporate authorities. We cannot count on their help in solving our ecological problems. Furthermore, scientists are constrained by their rigid evolutionist framework that prevents them from taking any real interest in the long-term well-being of anything at all. "Eat and drink for tomorrow we die" is the ethos of our scientists today.
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