IT hasn’t been the best start to the year for the global warming doom industry. Three consecutive “Beast From The East’s“ caused by super-cold Arctic air have resulted in 48,000 non-heat related deaths in the UK alone, as the 2017/18 Northern Hemisphere mega-winter rages on, well into spring.
THE ‘extreme’ cold has seen Iguanas frozen solid in Florida, alligators in a state of cryogenic freeze, sharks washed up in Cape Cod “stranded due to cold shock”, the coldest Super Bowl on record, Niagara Falls frozen over, a thermometer in the world’s coldest village breaking as temperatures plunge to -62C, the lowest temperature ever recorded in Bangladesh, frozen crops creating a food crisis in Europe, even a mass die-off of sea creatures as UK ocean temps plunged 1-3 degrees centigrade, cold temperatures smashed across Saskatchewan’s central and south regions in the spring of April, and the list of non-heat ‘extremes’ goes on.
RECORD cold temperatures have dumped unprecedented amounts of the white fluffy stuff that was, by now, meant to be “a very rare and exciting event”, something that “Children just aren’t going to know what (snow) is”. Dr Viner’s “thing of the past” covered all 50 states in North America, with rare falls experienced in Rome, Monaco, the Sahara desert and the first snow in 50 years dusting Southern Morocco. And, it’s been a rough old winter for Gavin Schmidt’s NASA GISS Temp New York office – home of the “Hottest Year(s) Evah” sausage factory – with the city that never sleeps experiencing its“fifth consecutive season that at least 30 inches of snow has fallen” with CNN reporting “It’s official: NYC hasn’t seen snow like this in 130 years“!
DON’T LOOK THERE, LOOK HERE!
IN what appears to be another well-timed, and well-orchestrated plan to thaw out the inconvenient noise of the brutal NH winter still raging deep into Spring, the mainstream media, in concert with the climate crisis industry, has wheeled out an old favourite that always guarantees a juicy headline and an eco-emotional response – The “Death” of The Great Barrier Reef…
A new study, published in Nature by serial reef alarmist Prof Terry Hughes, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, examines the link between the level of heat exposure from the 2015/16 super El Niño, “resulting in coral bleaching and ultimately coral death.“
A TASTE of this morning’s mainstream media reef hysteria following the Hughes et al release:
Great Barrier Reef – 30 percent of coral died in ‘catastrophic’ 2016 heatwave – Environment | The Guardian
Global warming is killing the Great Barrier Reef, study says – CNN
Corals on Great Barrier Reef will never be the same after back-to-back heat waves, scientists say | LA Times
Great Barrier Reef recovery unlikely after ‘catastrophic die-off’ caused by marine heatwaves, say scientists – The Independent
Coral on the Great Barrier Reef was ‘cooked’ during 2016 marine heatwave, study finds – ABC News ABC
‘Cooked’ – Study finds Great Barrier Reef transformed by mass bleaching – SMH
WHAT SHORT MEMORIES
WE THEY HAVE!
IN the era of the 24/7 news cycle, the mainstream media are acutely aware of how easy it is to con those who don’t follow closely the climate change debate. Either that, or their ‘journalists’ are flat-out naive themselves, devoid of simple fact-checking skills or illiterate of google search. The ‘con-job’ more likely, owing to the litany of propaganda and alarmism pumped out daily by the global warming theory-obsessed mainstream media.
NOT ONE of today’s GBR horror stories noted that only last September (2017), scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science surveyed 14 coral reefs between Cairns and Townsville to see how they fared after being bleached. With great surprise, the warming extremists at the ABC published a piece by David Chen with the shock admission that “optimism is rising among scientists that parts of the Great Barrier Reef that were severely bleached over the past two years are making a recovery.”
SEPTEMBER 2017 :
JUNE 2016 :
JUNE 2016 :
THIS report by The Australian is significant as it cites the chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Russell Reichelt, speaking out against intentionally bias claims of climate change induced destruction of the Great Barrier Reef:
Activist scientists and lobby groups have distorted surveys, maps and data to misrepresent the extent and impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, according to the chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Russell Reichelt.
A full survey of the reef released yesterday by the authority and the Australian Institute of Marine Science said 75 per cent of the reef would escape unscathed.
Dr Reichelt said the vast bulk of bleaching damage was confined to the far northern section off Cape York, which had the best prospect of recovery due to the lack of onshore development and high water quality.
Dr Reichelt said there had been widespread misinterpretation of how much of the reef had died.
“We’ve seen headlines stating that 93 per cent of the reef is practically dead,” he said.
“We’ve also seen reports that 35 per cent, or even 50 per cent, of the entire reef is now gone.
“However, based on our combined results so far, the overall mortality rate is 22 per cent — and about 85 per cent of that die-off has occurred in the far north between the tip of Cape York and just north of Lizard Island, 250km north of Cairns. Seventy-five per cent of the reef will come out in a few months time as recovered.”
Former climate change commissioner Tim Flannery described diving on the Great Barrier Reef near Port Douglas recently as “one of the saddest days of my life”
Dr Reichelt said Dr Flannery’s language had been “dramatic” and “theatrical” and his prognosis, although of concern, was “speculative”. Dr Reichelt also rejected reports, based on leaked draft documents, that improving water quality would cost $16 billion.
Great Barrier Reef: scientists ‘exaggerated’ coral bleaching | The Australian
DRAMATIC recovery of a remote reef off WA, after 1998 El Niño coral bleaching event:
From The Abstract :
Coral reef recovery from major disturbance is hypothesized to depend on the arrival of propagules from nearby undisturbed reefs. Therefore, reefs isolated by distance or current patterns are thought to be highly vulnerable to catastrophic disturbance. We found that on an isolated reef system in north Western Australia, coral cover increased from 9% to 44% within 12 years of a coral bleaching event, despite a 94% reduction in larval supply for 6 years after the bleaching. The initial increase in coral cover was the result of high rates of growth and survival of remnant colonies, followed by a rapid increase in juvenile recruitment as colonies matured. We show that isolated reefs can recover from major disturbance, and that the benefits of their isolation from chronic anthropogenic pressures can outweigh the costs of limited connectivity.
Recovery of an Isolated Coral Reef System Following Severe Disturbance
CORAL BLEACHING IS A NATURAL PHENOMENON & REEFS HAVE SURVIVED & THRIVED IN FAR HIGHER TEMPS & CO2 LEVELS IN THE PAST
CORALS evolved during the Cambrian era when atmospheric CO2 levels were at 6,000-7,000 ppm, around 4,000 percent or 20 times higher than today’s “CO2-starved” environment of 400 ppm, with atmospheric and ocean temps temps far higher than today.
THE world was hotter during the Holocene optimum, yet somehow the Great Barrier Reef survived.
CORAL reefs have survived millions of years of dramatic and sudden climate change, yet climate alarmists want us to believe that a few hundred ppm more of essential trace gas CO2 “has changed the Great Barrier Reef ‘forever,’ (Wapo)” or that even a “Great Barrier Reef recovery [is] unlikely after ‘catastrophic die-off’“?!
BLEACHING is a naturally occurring phenomenon essential to the health and regrowth of coral reefs.
THE “Great Barrier Reef” is only “Great” because it has died off at least 7 known times over the millennia.
DR TERRY HUGHES & THE POWER OF GRANT MONEY
Terry Hughes, is the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, the same University who recently censured physicist at James Cook University Professor Peter Ridd who has dared to question scientific findings that purport to show the Great Barrier Reef is in trouble.
IN June 2017, Ridd made the headlines after suspecting something was wrong with photographs being used to highlight the apparent rapid decline of the Great Barrier Reef.
After attempting to blow the whistle on the bogus pictures, Ridd was censured by James Cook University and threatened with the sack…
ABC FAKE, FAKE NEWS…
See the fake Greenpeace picture (above) used here by the ABC: New national taskforce to help scientists prepare for predicted Barrier Reef coral bleaching – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
After a formal investigation, Professor Ridd was found guilty of “failing to act in a collegial way and in the academic spirit of the institution”!
His crime was to encourage questioning of two of the nation’s leading reef institutions, the Centre of Excellence for Coral Studies and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, on whether they knew that photographs they had published and claimed to show long-term collapse of reef health could be misleading and wrong.”Graham Lloyd – The Australian – 11 June 2016
‘free-thinking’ university ousted the late Professor Bob Carter from a position of honour because he criticised aspects of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) movement that has infected Western society over the past thirty years.
Jim Steele nails Dr Hughes’ reef alarmism in this outstanding post via WUWT. (Please do read)
An Ecologist’s Plea to Dr. Terry Hughes: The Public Needs Robust Science Regards Coral Bleaching, Not Fearmongering!
A must read that exposes the difference between the localised effect of natural variables on The Great Barrier Reef, versus the activist junk science pushed out by ‘Professor’ Terry Hughes in order to advance the man-made global warming agenda…and, of course, secure lucrative government grants and funding.
Great Barrier Reef Scaremongers Risk Billion of Dollars In Tourism and 10,000 Jobs
THE ludicrous scaremongering by global warming activists about the “dying” reef is costing Australians jobs and money:
Three surveys conducted in Britain, China, and the United States, have shown citizens in those countries – when the situation is raised with them – say that are concerned that the world-renowned reef is under severe threat. And many would reconsider visiting as a result…
An estimated 175,000 fewer tourists could visit Australia if the bleaching persists and worse if the [claimed] damage becomes permanent.
The polls, which surveyed the attitudes and awareness of 1000 people in each market, found potential visitors were concerned over the state of the reef, which in turn could feed into them deciding to visit other Australian attractions or to go to places other than Australia entirely.
The finding suggests the tourism businesses and related local economies adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, could suffer the loss of 10,000 jobs and that the Australian economy could lose as much as $1 billion per year in overseas income.
The reef supports an estimated 70,000 jobs in the tourism and related sectors and accounts for a significant proportion of Australia’s tourist income.
Great Barrier Reef Scaremongers Risk 10,000 Jobs | Climatism
“To tell preposterous untruths in this ‘good’ cause is not just forgivable but a sign of superior morality. The bigger the whopper the more you must really care.” – Andrew Bolt
CURRENT ATMOSPHERIC & SEA SURFACE TEMPS
LATEST February data from NASA’s UAH satellite data, continues the significant temperature drop from the 2015/17 super El Niño peak with current temps only 0.2C above the running average:
SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES
SEA surface temperatures are cooling down off the 2015-2017 El Niño spike:
TRIED contacting ‘Professor’ Hughes for a right of reply, but he had since blocked my twitter feed. Not sure why to be honest! Guess his “science is settled” and besides, why quit the blatant alarmism when the fear generated maintains a free-flow of government grants and funding?
See also :
- THE Great Barrier Reef is thriving, not dying! (local experts / dive-boat operators) | Climatism
- Great Barrier Reef in near pristine condition: dive boat operators | Climatism
- “Dying” Reef Actually Growing | Climatism
- UNESCO ‘Green’ Lights The Reef – Activists Exposed As Liars And Frauds | Climatism
- Not Dead Yet: Great Barrier Reef Coral Cover Up 19 Per Cent In Three Years | Climatism
Professor Ridd :
- Great Barrier Reef Expert : Don’t Trust Climate Alarmists | Climatism
- Science or silence? My battle to question doomsayers about the Great Barrier Reef | Fox News
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- PROFESSIONAL Climate Alarmists Threatening Australia’s Billion Dollar Tourism Industry | Climatism
- CLIMATE Alarmism Has Cost Far More Than Any Global Warming Ever Could | Climatism
- TIM FLANNERY – Professor of Dud Predictions and Climate Falsehoods | Climatism
A GBR Must Read :
- Falling Sea Level: The Critical Factor in 2016 Great Barrier Reef Bleaching! | Climatism (MUST READ)
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- THE Great Barrier Reef Lie – Climate Scientists’ Scaremongering Trashed By Mother Nature | Climatism
- Great Barrier Reef Scaremongers Risk 10,000 Jobs | Climatism
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