Sunday, March 16, 2014
My God! Journalists are Suckers for Any Kind of Scare !
Early this week Australian Broadcast Company senior interviewer, Kerry O'Brien, groaned that our ''once-spectacular reef '' was ''threatened by global warming'' and ''up to 10% of the reef has been lost to bleaching since 1989'', turning it ''bone white''. Up popped Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (yeah, I know it sounds like a glandular disease). a Queensland reef researcher with a natty patter, to warn us to ''change our lifestyles'' or the reef would go - killed by hotter seas.
Just like last week's Liz Hayes' (see previous posting) catering to Helen Caldicott's latest diatribe crap about how many Japanese that'll die from the radiation from the Fukushima accident three years ago. So now, Kerry, another respected journalist shows his major ''suckerhood'' by giving Hoegh-Guldberg uncritical coverage of his latest scare. It's like they actually want to be fooled - or to fool you.
Hoegh-Guldberg is now said to be the world's most influential reef scientist in global warming circles. Pity that, because he rose to fame on a gravy-train of our tax dollars having got big government grants, chaired a $20 million World Bank study of warming, and worked as an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change lead author. That's not saying much judging by the low standard of ''expert'' authors that's come to light and their incestuous relationships in so called peer-review circles.
Last week he bobbed up on radio, being fronted by a sweet-youth-thing (a favourite student perhaps) waving a report he'd just done for the WWF green group with the sweet-young-thing promoting this month's useless Earth Hour. Again journalists lapped it up, not bothering to check how all Hoegh-Guldberg's other warnings had panned out. He keeps predicting the death of the reef that refuses to die. Intelligent people ask, ''Will Professor Ove's latest reef scare turn out better than his many lasts?'' (Answer: no..., as you'll see.)
His report states: ''The Great Barrier Reef will suffer irreversible damage by 2030 unless radical action is taken to lower carbon emissions. Coral bleaching, which occurs when water becomes too warm and coral's energy source is decimated, is now a ''serious threat'' to the reef, having not been documented in the region prior to 1979.'' He continued, ''The current climate trends signal game over for the Great Barrier Reef.'' But what of Hoegh-Guldberg's previous scares?
In 2000....he warned that ''The reef building corals are likely to become very rare indeed if warming continues unabated. We now have more evidence that corals cannot fully recover from bleaching episodes such as the major el Nino event
in 1998. The overall damage is irreparable. We're seeing the first signs of a major change to an ecosystem due to climate change.'' Ka-cling!!
In 2006....he shockingly stated; ''Between 30 and 40% of the coral on Queensland Barrier Reef could die within a month!'' Ka-cling!!
In 2009....more scary stuff; ''So what we know now, with rising CO2, the Great Barrier Reef has started to low its calcification rate. Tests show that coral reefs are calcifying now 50% slower than they did prior to 1990. Ka-cling!!
In 2011....a shocker; ''We will see large-scale mortality of reef-building corals (30% or more) and many organisms on reefs along the West Australian coastline (300 km or more). This will occur over the next 1-3 months. These reeks will take more than 10 years to recover. Ka-cling!!
But now? REALITY !
A Government-run research body has found in an extensive study of corals spanning more than 1000km of Australia's coastline that the past 110 years of ocean warming has been good for their health. I exposed this warmist climate-reef deception in a posting Warming Gives Us MORE reefs ! (June, 19, 2011). The findings undermine blanket predictions that global warming will devastate coral reefs, and add to a growing body of evidence showing coral reefs are more resilient than previously thought. Maria Byrne, a professor of marine biology at Sydney University, said after reading the paper published in the leading journal Science, that its findings ''made perfect sense''. She added, that ''Temperature rules metabolism, so it's a no-brainer that if you get more temperature you will get more metabolism.''
More good news! The reef is recovering from damage caused largely by cyclones, which even the CSIRO admits have not been made worse or more numerous by warming, stating ''The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority scientists say baby corals are blooming on the reef, which is a positive sign of recovery. It is showing that even though it has had multiple impacts in the last few years, it is able to bounce back. It is good news for the fast growing coral but there are slower growing coral that need more time and thankfully cyclones numbers are the lowest in years.''
And Still More ! The Catlin Seaview Survey, an underwater survey, has found thriving coral reefs at depths of 30 meters and below, on the Great Barrier Reef and no above-average sea warming. This
The Way I See It.....Professor Hoegh-Guldberg must have been too busy riding the gravy train not to notice while real science has been going on checking the health of our coastal reefs. He seems to have ignored or not taken seriously the fact that global warming has stopped rising over the last 17 years even though the Carbon Dioxide levels have gone up 25% with no obvious ill-effects. And coral bleaching is mainly due to fresh water runoff from cyclonic rainfall.
Now the warmists, without batting an eye or and an apology in their throats, say the heat has gone into the ocean depths to work it's devastation.......where? The dreaded acidification of the sea water isn't happening either, and even tests show that the fish can breed quite happily in warmer water as well, if need be. I think Ove should give back some of our grant money since his predictions about our lovely Barrier Reef have been a series of duds and the money would be better spent on scientists with no ideology or agenda to push..