The scaremongering continues, however this just exposes the failure of the alarmist’s alarming agenda about Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Using images from Samoa?
Great Barrier Reef scare: exaggerated threats says head of GBR Authority
The chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Russell Reichelt says that activist groups are distorting surveys, maps and data to exaggerate the coral bleaching on the reef. The bleaching affects 22% of the reef and is mostly localized to the far northern section, which has good prospects of recovery.
Two reef groups are in conflict. One is Reichelt’s GBR Authority, and the other is a special “National Coral Bleaching Taskforce” run by a guy called Terry Hughes. The Australian media was overrun with stories last week about how a report was censored to hide the damage. What was under-reported was the conflict and the propaganda.
The real problem appears to be that yet another agency was set up to find a crisis, and their existence depends on finding one. The Taskforce was set up in October last year.
ABC repeats all the Taskforce’s claims without question: “Great Barrier Reef: Only 7 per cent not bleached, survey finds”.
The Taskforce’s report was so bad the GBR authority had to withdraw from it:
Before warming, the 1980’s was the time of the global cooling scare, in the first six years of that decade, the Great Barrier Reef underwent considerable bleaching on 3 occasions. One of the guesses as to the cause was ozone depletion!:
Reef’s bleaching may not be
ozone-loss result: scientist
BRISBANE: Australian scientists are
monitoring closely bleaching of coral on
the Great Barrier Reef to determine if it
is an early warning signal of increasing
ultra-violet rays caused by depletion of
the earth’s ozone layer.
But Dr Jamie Oliver, who heads the
research team studying the phenome
non, said on Wednesday he did not
support the theory at this stage.
“In fact the bleaching in our part of
the world this year is more restricted
despite reports of increasing problems
with the earth’s ozone layer,” he said.
“Coral is a sensitive animal and
bleaching is a sign of stress but on the
Great Barrier Reef it may be causcd by
local conditions including water tem
peratures,” he said.
Corals normally produce natural sun
screens for protection but exceptionally
hot weather causes them to lose that
University of South Florida marine
scientist Pamela Hallock-Muller said in
St Petersburg this week that ozone de
pletion may lead to widespread coral
bleaching in the Florida Keys and the
Caribbean. “Corals and other reef or
ganisms bleach when stressed, particu
larly by the combination of warm, still
water and too much ultra-violet radia
tion,” she said.
Dr Oliver, a Great Barrier Reef Ma
rine Park Authority research scientist
based in Townsvillc, said bleached coral
was not always dead.
“Bleaching occurs when the algae liv
ing in the coral’s tissues is expelled at
time of stress, leaving a white skeletal
appearance,” he said.
Sometimes the coral recovered, re
suming its normal appearance when
fresh algae was absorbed.
“Most tropical animals live at the
extreme of their individual ecosystems
and small fluctuations can cause
changes. Many go unnoticed but
changes to coral are easily seen,” Dr
Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier
Reef has been recorded for years with
highs in 1980, 1982 and 1984.
“This year about 20 per cent of the
affected reefs show signs of bleaching.
Overall it’s about 1 per cent of the entire
Great Barrier Reef,” he said.
The Great Barrier Reef stretches
more than 2000km along the eastern
coastline of Queensland and nearly 400
varieties of coral make up its myriad of
reefs which attract more than a million
tourists a year.
Dr Oliver said the outbreak of
bleaching in 1980 stretched from Lizard
Island north east of Cairns to Keppel
Island, 1000km to the south.
“Our research into bleaching is far
from conclusive,” he said.
Dr Hallock-Mullcr said more ultravi
olet radiation was reaching the earth’s
surface because of ozone depletion.
Call me shocked? Not.
Update, Dr John Ray says Co2 lacks correlation with temperature changes:
Warmists can’t take a trick: NOTHING happens the way they say it should
The lack of correlation between CO2 levels and global temperature is a standard comment from skeptics and it’s just happened again
When I was looking just now at how recent were the NOAA figures from Mauna Loa, I found that they included April this year, which wasn’t too bad, considering that it is public servants who put the figures up. I can think of no good reason why the May figures are not yet up but I suppose not enough coffee and cake has so far been consumed for that to happen.
But back to the figures we have: There was a LEAP in CO2 levels this year. Where December 2015 ended up on an average of 401.85 ppm, April averaged 407.42. That’s twice as big as most annual increases.
So, on Warmist theory, temperatures should have leaped too over that same period. You know what I am going to say: They in fact remained absolutely flat. GISS shows a January temperature anomaly of 1.11 degrees Celsius and April shows an anomaly of exactly the same! You couldn’t make it up!
And you have to laugh at how futile have been the the vast efforts to reduce CO2 levels. They just go up and up regardless. Maybe we should all stop breathing. Warmists would like that. They are, after all, anthropophobes.
Update 2, from a comment at Jonova’s:
This release by the GBRMPA (the Marine Park Authority) on 3/June is rather enlightening:
Particularly this link to THIS MUST SEE map showing the distribution and level of bleaching at surveyed the sites:
The small sample heavy stuff seems to be confined randomly (which is interesting) to relatively small northern areas within the vast system of 3,000 odd reefs.