Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Environmental Triage

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society have created a map showing where coral systems are most likely to survive the future.

The idea is to zero in on the ones that are most biodiverse and focus on saving them because they are also the most resilient. It's too bad the mindset is not to save all the reefs, but sometimes it's like fingers in a dike. Environmental triage, really.

"The study provides us with hope and a map to identify conservation and management priorities where it is possible to buy some time for these important ecosystems until the carbon emissions problems have been solved," said Tim McClanahan, the lead WCS scientist trying to stem the hemorrhaging.

Damn, give me the morphine now.

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