worse than we thought – too hot for coral!

“The oceans are becoming too hot for coral, and sooner than we expected…..The problem is, I was only accounting for a doubling of greenhouse gases, as opposed to the tripling or more under the current business-as-usual approach, and the models used for estimating future sea temperatures didn’t account for more frequent extreme El Niño.

And if so, then my original projections of when the oceans become too hot for coral reefs are too optimistic!…..I am compelled to question whether the negotiators headed for meeting in Paris in a month or so really appreciate the urgency.

Do they know that we need to pull the plug immediately on this crazy experiment? Given that the current pledges going into Paris are so woefully inadequate, it would seem not.”

– Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland –

The Conversation, 9 Oct 2015