"The Chagos Archipelago is one of the most remote, seemingly idyllic places on
Earth. Coconut-covered sandy beaches with incredible bird life rim tropical
islands in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from any continent. Just below
the waves, coral reefs stretch for miles along an underwater mountain chain.
It’s a paradise. At least it was before the heat wave.
When I first explored the Chagos Archipelago 15 years ago, the underwater view
was incredible. Schools of brilliantly colored fish in blues, yellows and
oranges darted among the corals of a vast, healthy reef system. Sharks and
other large predators swam overhead. Because the archipelago is so remote and
sits in one of the largest marine protected areas on the planet, it has been
sheltered from industrial fishing fleets and other activities that can harm the
But it can’t be protected from climate change."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics