Coral reefs may not be doomed, but we should act as if they are

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Rainbow Reef, Fiji. Photo by David Burdick, 2006

This commentary was written and posted at http://t.co/Pj33Ihi0 in response to an Opinion piece by Roger Bradbury that appeared in the New York Times on July 13th 2012. You can find the original opinion article at http://nyti.ms/SsXfT9.

Roger Bradbury’s apocalyptic vision for certain death of the worlds coral reefs clearly runs contrary to the views of the most ecologists. Headline grabbing it may be, but it requires a peculiarly singular view of the evidence to sustain his assertion.

Acidifying oceans and the future of molluscs: implications for food security?

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Documenting ocean acidification and coral decay in the Pacific. Photo by Jamie Oliver.

Some of the threats posed by climate change can appear rather esoteric or abstract. One of these is ocean acidification – it is not immediately obvious why we should care. A recent paper by Sara Cooley and colleagues give a good example of why the threat of changing ocean chemistry matters.

More fish – surely we just need to farm the sea?

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Molluscs are the principal farmed marine product: giant clam exclosure, Solomon Islands. Photo by Mike McCoy

Some of the threats posed by climate change can appear rather esoteric or abstract. One of these is ocean acidification – it is not immediately obvious why we should care. A recent paper by Sara Cooley and colleagues give a good example of why the threat of changing ocean chemistry matters.