When I read peculiar stuff in the newspaper it helps me to go for a walk with Rusty and as the tide was high - really, really high - and as the north wind was blowing I figured West Summerland Key, known to visitors as the newly renamed Scout Key, was the place to clear my head. It was a lovely day.
A study shows that coral reefs are crumbling from excess acid in the ocean waters. Scientists say these effects weren't expected for another half century and here they are. Now. Bummer. Apparently the ocean is absorbing more carbon dioxide than ever and the acid it's carrying is wrecking the reef from the inside out. Mote Marine lab has been developing a replacement coral skin to stick on the coral skeletons in the water but if the skeletons are melting away things don't look good. If I were a parent or a grandparent I'd be seriously pissed at our governor for banning use of the term "climate change" by state employees. I think things are going to be grim for your kids unless you start to demand change. I'll be dead and I have no offspring.
If all else fails have a beer and please leave the bottle in the recycling or the trash. Oh and don't drive drunk; but don't be like the Dade County Commissioner who fell over during a field sobriety test after doing 74 in a 30 in Key West. He refused a breath test and got a local jury of highly skilled analysts who voted him not guilty so he gets to ride his Harley once again on our city streets entirely sober. Good man, just the kind of visitor we need. Things aren't bad enough as it is.
What a week for news!