Saturday, 4 June 2016

Great Barrier Reef: scientists ‘exaggerated’ coral bleaching

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The shrill have been trying to push the Great Global Warming hoax for years. One of the flanks of their scare  campaign has been "The Death of the Great Barrier Reef."

As an example, Scribe for the Shrill, Graham Readfearn, in March, wrote:
There’s some genuine anxiety and anger among coral scientists in Australia right now, as the Great Barrier Reef suffers probably its worst coral bleaching event in recorded history.
The late Professor Bob Carter wrote, in his book "Taxing Air:"

In 1998 and 2002, severe coral bleaching occurred over large areas of the Great Barrier Reef. Fuelled by periods of atypically calm summer weather, water temperatures over shallow reef flats became unusually warm at the time, and the bleaching was blamed, quite wrongly, on global warming. Based on extreme IPCC projections, some ridiculous claims were made at the timethat the reef system had only 10 or 20 years to go before it became a marine desert. 
There is no doubt that a sudden increase in water temperature damages living coral, for bleaching events are observed to occur during episodic in- creases in local water temperature worldwide. However, bleaching is seldom a permanent outcome, because generally the coral recovers rapidly as temperatures return to previous values, as has proved to be the case for bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef. 
Another Graham, the Australian's Graham Lloyd reveals the Alarmists have "distorted surveys, maps and data to misrepresent the extent and impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef..." 
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.
Australia's Prime Minister and alternate PM are in agreement in their misguided delusions.
The Prime Minister said the reef and its health were “a great passion of mine and my government’’ 
Bill Shorten
said if Australia did not spend the money on the reef, “it is in serious danger of being irreparably damaged.