Great Barrier Reef More Resilient To Climate Change Than Previously Thought

Scientists have concluded that the Great Barrier Reef can no longer be saved because it is so damaged. The plight of the reef is partly due to the “extraordinary rapidity” of climate change, according to experts. —The Daily Telegraph, 29 May 2017

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is more resilient to climate change and better able to regenerate itself than previously thought, scientists have said. A new study has revealed a collection of 100 individual reefs spread throughout the 2,000 mile-long marine ecosystem that not only withstands warming seas and attacking starfish but also protects others. —The Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2017

We can no longer trust the scientific organisations like the Australian Institute of Marine Science, even things like the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. The science is coming out not properly checked, tested or replicated, and this is a great shame. –Professor Peter Ridd, Sky News, 1 August 2017

Outspoken marine scientist Peter Ridd has landed in hot water with James Cook University following a high-profile book tour in which he questioned the quality of Great Barrier Reef science. Professor Ridd is understood to be under investigation for “serious misconduct” and colleagues fear he could be sacked. In a statement, JCU said, “at this stage, the university cannot comment”.  –Graham Lloyd, The Australian 26 August 2017

The Royal Society has produced a new report to try to maintain the climate scare, providing an update on the last IPCC report (AR5) that came out in 2013. Unsurprisingly, the main message is “it’s worse then we thought”. —Climate Scepticism, 29 November 2017

Global accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) is currently running 19% below average and is only 73% of what it was at this time one year ago. —P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, 26 November 2017

Global warming has not accelerated temperature rise in the bulk atmosphere in more than two decades, according to a new study funded by the Department of Energy. —Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 29 November 2017

The polar bear experts who predicted tens of thousands of polar bears would be dead by now (given the ice conditions since 2007) have found my well-documented criticisms of their failed prophesies have caused them to lose face and credibility with the public. –Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, 29 November 2017

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    Spurwing Plover


    So much for all this Fragile Earth Delicate Balance of Nature poppycock we have been hearing from the Eco-Wackos

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    10 April 2017 • 11:39am

    Scientists in Australia have discovered “horrific” coral bleaching across the Great Barrier Reef, including a 900-mile stretch that has been damaged for consecutive years and will struggle to recover.

    Aerial surveys of the famous 1,500-mile stretch of reefs found that about two-thirds had suffered serious bleaching due to record-breaking water temperatures. It is the first time that scientists have observed consecutive years of serious bleaching events.

    James Kerry, a marine biologist, said he was “horrified” by the findings, saying the coral could potentially survive but it will take ten years for even the fastest growing corals to recover.

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    “Mass bleaching events twelve months apart offers zero prospect of recovery for reefs that were damaged in 2016,” said Dr Kerry, from James Cook University.

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    “This is the fourth time the Great Barrier Reef has bleached severely – in 1998, 2002, 2016, and now in 2017. Bleached corals are not necessarily dead corals, but in the severe central region we anticipate high levels of coral loss.”

    The survey, involving eight flights at low altitudes, covered 5,000 miles and found that the worst of the bleaching was in the middle third and that only the bottom third was unscathed. Underwater examinations have also been conducted.

    Professor Terry Hughes, from James Cook University, said the bleaching was sadly “conspicuous” both from the air and underwater. He said a tropical cyclone which struck parts of the reef in recent weeks – bringing flooding and strong winds to the region – was likely to add to the damage.

    “Clearly the reef is struggling with multiple impacts,” he said. “The bleaching is caused by record-breaking temperatures driven by global warming.

    “This year, 2017, we are seeing mass bleaching, even without the assistance of El Niño conditions

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      The inability to state an argument concisely is
      the hallmark of a liar.

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