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From The Front Lines: Author Peter Sale to Discuss Future of Coral Reefs at UM, March 29-30

Peter Sale

MIAMI —March 19, 2012 — The planet is approaching the worst environmental crisis it has faced since the Pleistocene, and coral reefs are on the front line.  Tropical marine ecologist and author of Our Dying Planet: An ecologist’s view of the crisis we face Peter F. Sale has seen the war taking place on coral reefs, and he will bring his expertise as assistant director of the Institute for Water, Environment and Health at United Nations University to the University of Miami’s (UM) Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, March 29–30.

Sale will speak in the Ecosystem Science and Policy undergraduate seminar on U’s Coral Gables campus, March 29 at 5 p.m. in Ungar 230D. Sale’s seminar titled “Our Planet Does Not Have to Die,” will focus on the rapid decline and possible extinction of an entire ecosystem.  Coral reefs as we know them could disappear from the Earth by 2050, all because of things human did to them.  The decisions taken and the changes in behavior adopted over the next few years will determine which of several possible futures our reefs will experience.

“While most of these futures are quite bad, it is still possible to reach a future in which people enjoy prosperous, culturally rich lives in a sustainably managed environment.  Will we make the right choices, and will we do so in time to save coral reefs?” asks Sale.

At 12 p.m. on March 30, Sale will speak at UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science on Virginia Key (4600 Rickenbacker Causeway). Sale’s graduate seminar, entitled “The Futures for Coral Reefs” will review the range of human impacts on reefs, their consequences, and likely trends in each.

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