“A new global deal on climate change will come too late to save most of the world’s coral reefs…major ecological damage to the oceans is now inevitable.” This according to The Guardian, which reports the finding of a new study in Geophysical Research Letters. The authors of the study found that the risk posed by carbon pollution to coral and marine life could justify a carbon stabilisation goal “lower than what might be chosen based on climate considerations alone”. I feel paralyzed by this type of news. The only thing I feel I could do is abandon all responsibility and spend the next year diving on the last remaining pristine reefs so that when everyone else’s baselines shifts to accept a coral-less world as natural, I remember (and lament the passing of) these underwater marvels. Knitting will be all we have left. It’s positively heartbreaking.
Warmer waters, vanishing reefs