Friday, June 13, 2008

summary response #2

Our Life Is In Danger

Alok Jha wrote “Science: Environment: Hurricanes and global warming devastate Caribbean coral reefs: Storm damage from waves and death of vital algae likely to become more common, report warns”. The author’s main idea is to list all the causes of coral damage, the impact of losing the reefs, and how to protect the reefs or solutions. The author said that warmer seas and hurricanes did cause death to half of the coral reefs in the Caribbean. That’s why the IUCN is warning the world. “2005 was the hottest year on average since records began and had the most hurricanes ever recorded in a season” (2008, Para. 2). The author also listed the reasons behind the bleaching and damaging of coral reefs. The Caribbean has more than 10% of the coral reefs in the world the authors said, and more than 50% already were killed because of global warming. The author also mentioned that reefs that are near to human pollution are suffering the most. The author summarized the importance of coral to the marine ecosystem, providing the more than 40,000 species spawning, nursery, etc. The author also mentioned in his article that there will be a huge loss of in the future which will affect the tourism and absolutely the economy. A solution mentioned in the article to save corals reefs is to manage the pressures like fishing, fishing and damaging coastal development. The author defended and illustrated the fact that all the facts taken from the report are from an effort of more than 70 coral workers and volunteer divers.

Our life is in danger if we do not protect our ecosystem and life support system. We should stand with environmentalists to protect the resources and try to convince economists that by protecting our resources, we will live sustainably and make the economists happier by making more profit and creating more jobs in the long term.

The author did focus on some factors that we should avoid. I support the author’s thoughts and ideas and we should find a way to stop factories from throwing waste in seas and oceans. Coral reefs that are the homes, food and nurseries of most of the species in the water world are in danger; and we say in danger, we mean that our life is also in danger because we are breaking a complete complicated long cycle that is the life support system. Without coral, fish will lose their homes and their food, and this will affect the human beings. This is just an example but not a limited cause or effect.

The reason for standing with and supporting the environmentalists is that some economists do not think in the long term or imagine what the effects are of missing the earth’s capital resources. And when we lose resources, the whole society would be in danger. The author mentioned an example of the tourism in the Caribbean which I would like to explain more. If we keep causing damage to the Reefs, there will be no more wonderful seas and oceans. This will therefore have bad effects on the tourism. People will stop going to the Caribbean, because the Sea is dirty, the blue amazing color will disappear, the smell would be so stinky in a way that you can't even sit. When people stop going there, lots of workers will get fired and there will be a huge loss in the economy as well as the environment. See how ugly the situation could become?

As a conclusion, we should help the supporters and the organizations to stop the pollution causers. We should defend our beliefs. And as you are part of this society, don't you think life is in danger?

Jah, Alok. (2008, January 24).Science: Environment: Hurricanes and global warming devastate Caribbean coral reefs: Storm damage from waves and death of vital algae likely to become more common, report warns. The Guardian (London). Retrieved on June 3, 2008. from Lexis Nexis

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