false and exaggerated coral bleaching tales …

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

ABC, coral reef bleaching, fake photo, Samoa, Great Barrier Reef.

The ABC uses photos of reef bleaching on Flowerpot Rock in American Samoa in stories about the Great Barrier Reef.

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:

Great Barrier Reef: scientists ‘exaggerated’ coral bleaching

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
ability.
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
Oliver said.
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.

Newspaper Article courtesy of Trove

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:

Bob Fernley-Jones

This release by the GBRMPA (the Marine Park Authority) on 3/June is rather enlightening:

http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/media-room/latest-news/coral-bleaching/coral-bleaching/the-facts-on-great-barrier-reef-coral-mortality

Particularly this link to THIS MUST SEE map showing the distribution and level of bleaching at surveyed the sites:

http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/247931/GBR_CoralMortality_2June2016.pdf

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.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley) Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Incorporated Kimberley Environmental Horticulture (KEH) is a small group of committed individuals who promote the use of indigenous plants for the landscaping of parks and gardens. Rehabilitation of Kimberley coast, bushland and pastoral regions are also high on our agenda. This includes planting seedlings, weed control, damage from erosion or any other environmental matter that comes to our attention. We come from all walks of life, from Professionals and Trades oriented occupations, Pensioners and Students, Public Servants and the Unemployed. We have a community plant nursery where we trial many old and new species, with a view to incorporating these into our landscaping trials. Our labour force are mainly volunteers, but with considerable help from the 'work for the dole' program, Indigenous Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) groups and the Ministry of Justice, with their community work orders; in this way we manage to train many people in the horticultural skills needed for indigenous plant growing. We constantly undertake field trips that cover seed and plant collection in the Kimberley. Networking around the Kimberley region and the east Pilbara is a necessary part of promoting our activities. We consult on a range of Environmental and Landscaping matters that deal with our region. Our activities involve improving Broome's residential streetscapes by including 'waterwise' priciples in planting out nature strips. Sustainable environmental horticulture is practised by members of our group. We use existing vegetation as the backbone of any plantings, using these species to advantage when planning to develop tree forms or orchards. The Broome region is sensitive to development. Subsequently many weed species have become dominant in and around developed areas. The use and movement of heavy machinery is the biggest single cause of environmental degradation. We dont live in a 'Tropical Paradise' but on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The plants that survive best here, grow in well-drained pindan sand, and are found from the Dampier Peninsular southward to where average rainfall is below 600mm. When we use rainforest species, detail is important when planting, water catchment, sunlight and understorey species are all considered. The use of recycled 'grey' water is an advantage here as well as treated waste-water, although many local species do not fare well with nutrients from this source. We use waterwise planting methods which include harvesting asmuch rainwater as possible, with swales designed to hold up to 200 litres, to help recharge the local groundwater aquifer. There has been a serious decline in this aquifer over the last few years. With the fast expansion of the Broome peninsular, more and more land is being covered by concrete, iron and bitumen so that much less water is available to replenish the aquifer, allowing the salt content to become significantly higher. The small Broome Peninsular is on the south-western corner of the Dampier Peninsular (bound by Broome, Derby and Cape Leveque at the northern tip). Compaction by vehicles also inhibits water retention due to the content of our local pindan sand, hard as concrete in the dry, going to soft and sloppy mud after rain. None of us are botanists, inevitably we have got some names wrong, names changed, or have not gone to sub-species level. If you note a photo or description may be wrong, please e-mail to kimenvhort@yahoo.com.au
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