Charles Sheppard

Coral Reefs: Science and Survival is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Charles Sheppard, Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick. Charles Sheppard has worked extensively for a wide range of UN, governmental and aid agencies in tropical marine and coastal development issues. This conversation explores how Prof. Sheppard is trying to find a way through political shortsightedness, corporate greed and societal indifference to use his experience to make the planet a better place.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, All Too Relevant, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Watery Beginnings – The power of scuba diving
  2. Building A Reef – Coral, algae and time
  3. Gratuitously Unsustainable – The problem  with humans
  4. Towards Progress? – Leadership, policies and philanthropic foundations
  5. Climate Change – Two pernicious effects
  6. What To Do? – The importance of marine spatial planning



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Coral Reefs is also part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow CollectionConversations About The Environment, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.