One of the big concerns I have with our perennial attempts to “save the planet” are that we really have no idea of what the actual outcomes of our policies and actions will be. We have “experts” telling us that “we have to do something” and yet we have interesting confluences of articles like this:
The research points to a looming transition in the health of coral ecosystems during which the ability of reefs to grow is overwhelmed by the rate at which they are dissolving.
More than 9,000 coral reefs around the world are predicted to disintegrate when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reach 560 parts per million.
The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today stands at around 388ppm, but is expected to reach 560ppm by the end of this century.
That all sounds very terrifying and horrible. Except the last panic turned out a bit differently:
In 2006, high sea temperatures caused severe coral bleaching in the Keppell Islands, in the southern part of the reef — the largest coral reef system in the world. The damaged reefs were then covered by a single species of seaweed which threatened to suffocate the coral and cause further loss.
A “lucky combination” of rare circumstances has meant the reef has been able to make a recovery.
A “lucky combination”, eh? Curious how when things are going wrong, it can all be blamed on man and when things go right, it’s “lucky”. Still, it will all be made clear, if only we could fund some more research so that the men in white coats can go spend time scuba diving around coral reefs and having “barbies” on beautiful sandy beaches.
Perhaps they’re not so crazy after all…