Originally Posted by lordikon
Just like all the species that have gone extinct in the last 100 years? Some things will not just "be fine" without a bit of proactive conservation.
Okay now, I'm not saying that man shouldn't try to help the situation. But I would like to point out that often whenever man intervenes with good intentions, it can actually make matters worse.
Here is just one example: Roughly 100 years ago, the US government eliminated all wolves from Yellowstone National Park. The intent was to save the Elk that were dying off. They succeeding in killing all the wolves, but after that the Elk population started going crazy. Because of that, there wasn't enough food for all the other species. So there was a trickle down effect that was causing almost all other species in the park to suffer. To solve this problem, in 1995 they started re-introducing wolves to the park. Ever since then, they've noticed that everything is going back to normal, and everything is just fine how it is.
It seems like a similar situation to me. If they kill off all the starfish that are eating the coral (as this scientist proposes). It could very well trigger some other kind of unpredictable natural disaster, which may or may not have an easy solution.
People are so prone to knee-jerk reactions, it's quite scary (and I'm convinced it will be the end of the human race one day). Just take some time and put some thought into it, and we can fix anything. But don't just do the first thing that comes to mind because it seems to be the easiest and most obvious solution. That does NOT make it the correct solution.