Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Kill All The Starfish!

A coral reef ecologist, Fabricius, is advocating the killing of starfish on the great barrier reef in Australia. Even more crazy is she is advocating reducing the numbers through disease!

What could go wrong with that? Let's conduct biological warfare on a species? No way it could infect another species or even zoonosis if we actively participate in this behavior!

It seems that half of the great barrier reef has disappeared, or do they mean changed or died, in the past 30 years. Who is to blame?

Man, of course. How? Main reason cited is global warming through elevated CO2 levels. The climate change is claimed to cause stronger typhoons that damage the reefs. It also causes color bleaching of the coral, that is the algae is expelled from the coral.

Good news though. There is a larger number of crown-of-thorns starfish as a result of nutrient runoff from agriculture, not CO2. They are supposed to be rare and are generally naturally kept under control by disease. It is nice that for once that something bad, like a flourishing starfish population, is not caused by CO2 but something else.

It seems the ecologists and biologists want to make sure that the reef does not change or adapt. They want to limit the nutrient rich runoff, which I can understand. But they also want to keep the starfish rare through disease.

How many construction projects get halted because of some turd mouse or spit owl that is endangered? Now they want to keep something at endangered levels, sorry - rare, through disease!?

Again, I say, what could go wrong?

Everything on the globe is ever changing. The dinosaurs died of before man was ever here. How do we know that this reef is not changing regardless of what looks like human activity? What if our actions actually slowed the change? Why doesn't anyone ever ask that?

Brace yourselves. Not only are they considering changing human habits to control the environment by controlling human industry, but they want to change the ecology through disease!

What could go wrong?

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