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The Coral Reefs dying

Karloff

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David Attenborough once remarked that the coral reef is unique on this Earth because even in the rainforest though you will find the highest number of species per unit area you cannot see them - they are mostly hidden - not so with the reefs where you gaze at once on dozens or hundreds of different species within the same breath.

And now it is dying off in large areas thanks to excessively warm water which is stressing the coral forcing the algae which live in a symbiotic relationship with the coral to be expelled by the corals leading to starvation and death for the creatures. Scientists warn that this horrible effect which is making the headlines today could become the norm 20 years from now as our planet warms up.

Is there any way we can save the reefs? Even through artificial means or through preserving the biodiversity in aquariums or other controlled environments? For the parts of the world that are fortunate enough to have these oceanic jewels they provide tourism potential so there is interest to human economics involved as well.

Or can we protect the reefs that are out there and keep them in the wild? Perhaps understanding this mechanism by which coral gives up it's algae could provide useful data to help in that regard.

We should right now be investing in measures to protect as much of the biosphere as possible from the catastrophe to come. To ensure that at the very least the biology of biodiversity continues so that the species can be brought back to full strength at some future date.
 


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According to many scientists we are at the beginning of the sixth mass extinction event on this planet.

With a bit of luck (for planet Earth) humanity will be wiped out in this one leaving the Earth to reboot and nurture the next wave of life without us.

Should we do all we can to protect what's left?

Of course... seeing as we depend on it all to survive ourselves.

Will we do all we can and what's necessary?

Probably not and it's probably too late anyway.
 

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Kim Kardashian will know what to do. Selfie time yet?
 

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Trumps going to fix it...
 

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Karloff

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According to many scientists we are at the beginning of the sixth mass extinction event on this planet.

With a bit of luck (for planet Earth) humanity will be wiped out in this one leaving the Earth to reboot and nurture the next wave of life without us.

Should we do all we can to protect what's left?

Of course... seeing as we depend on it all to survive ourselves.

Will we do all we can and what's necessary?

Probably not and it's probably too late anyway.
I like to think of it as though we are in a cosmic battle with entropy. Yes a catastrophe is coming and yes countless people, plants and animals will die - but we all die anyway. The important thing is to go through the coming challenge and come out the other side with the minimum of losses by losses i mean things that cannot be replaced - species, biodiversity - the loss of these is the true death.

Our human struggle has introduced us to technology and every advance is a step forward, technology we discover is eternal and transformative but if we trade off something else that is eternal such as our planet's biodiversity - that is not good. Continuity of the blessings we inherited is what we should be aiming for while embracing the good in technology at the same time.
 

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I like to think of it as though we are in a cosmic battle with entropy. Yes a catastrophe is coming and yes countless people, plants and animals will die - but we all die anyway. The important thing is to go through the coming challenge and come out the other side with the minimum of losses by losses i mean things that cannot be replaced - species, biodiversity - the loss of these is the true death.

Our human struggle has introduced us to technology and every advance is a step forward, technology we discover is eternal and transformative but if we trade off something else that is eternal such as our planet's biodiversity - that is not good. Continuity of the blessings we inherited is what we should be aiming for while embracing the good in technology at the same time.
Catastrophes are regenerative. The planet will just carry on (until the Sun balloons to a Red Giant).
 

The Field Marshal

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And now it is dying off in large areas
It is not a problem.

Attenborough wrongly thinks anything that contracts the natural world is a problem.

Scientists warn that this horrible effect
It is an effect to be fully welcomed in the natural order of things and not one bit horrible.

Is there any way we can save the reefs?
They are not in substantial danger because this expected dangerous global warming is based on a fraudulent thesis.

Or can we protect the reefs that are out there and keep them in the wild?
You are almost as confused as Attenborough.

If "we" protect them then they cease to be in the "wild".

We should right now be investing in measures to protect as much of the biosphere as possible from the catastrophe to come.
What catastrophe?

You are being lied to and you should not believe the lies peddled by the environmental fraudsters.

To ensure that at the very least the biology of biodiversity continues so that the species can be brought back to full strength at some future date.
Species extinction has been occurring for centuries.

Biodiversity is another exaggerated concept and is not critical being of minor impotence due to the underlying fortitude of already inbuilt renewable /adaptable mechanisms of the natural world.
 

ShinnerBot No.32564844524

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With a bit of luck (for planet Earth) humanity will be wiped out in this one leaving the Earth to reboot and nurture the next wave of life without us.
The hell with that! We have a whole universe before us, a Galactic Republic to build, and an entire civilisation of bugs to squish!

Would you like to know more?
 

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Global catastrophe sells. It always has and always will.


Over

and over

and over

and over

again

and again

and again.



Sure, the world has been "destroyed" many times over in my lifetime already.
 

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