Great Barrier Reef

Government Hypocrisy And Brisbane’s Coral Reefs
28 February 2022

Government Hypocrisy And Brisbane’s Coral Reefs

Almost nobody knows about the remarkable coral reefs right at the mouth of the Brisbane River, which are presently under the muddy plume of the Brisbane River flood. Those reefs are not “protected” by the harsh reef regulations that apply to almost all other corals on the Queensland coast. This is huge government hypocrisy. The closest reef is only 4
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Most Published Studies Exaggerated the Effects of Ocean Acidification
21 February 2022

Most Published Studies Exaggerated the Effects of Ocean Acidification

The concept of ocean acidification, and human-caused global warming more generally, could be described as containing a grain of truth embedded in a mountain of nonsense. Indeed, the projected large increase in atmospheric CO2 will at most cause a small reduction in pH – it will not turn the ocean acidic. Yet this is what is implied by the term
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Feeding the Fishes, A$1 Billion
31 January 2022

Feeding the Fishes, A$1 Billion

The feature image is the view from a drone up about 120 metres, of me floating above the front of Pixie Reef, an inshore reef just to the north of Cairns.  This reef was categorised by Terry Hughes as badly bleached, flying at about 150 metres and looking out from an airplane window. The Great Barrier Reef is vast: a
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Too Much Coral Is Not Enough – But It’s Not Good Either
6 December 2021

Too Much Coral Is Not Enough – But It’s Not Good Either

The Australian Institute of Marine Science recently released its annual survey of coral on the Great Barrier Reef. It shows spectacularly good results. For all three major regions of the reef, once data uncertainties are considered, there has never been more coral since records began in the mid-1980s. This despite three supposedly catastrophic and unprecedented hot water bleaching events in
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Pretending to Save The Reef
3 December 2021

Pretending to Save The Reef

Scientists are collecting coral spawn to regrow dead parts of the Reef (see links below). The idea that the reef, which is as big as Germany, can be replanted this way indicates that the scientist might be becoming detached from reality. It is one thing to plant some corals on a few square meters, but there is no possibility that
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Plain English Lost on the High Court of Australia
14 October 2021

Plain English Lost on the High Court of Australia

Coral reefs can be messy, and so can court cases. And so it is with the case of Peter Ridd, sacked by James Cook University because he exercised his intellectual freedom. The only thing that is neatly settled from this case is apparently ‘the science’, never mind that this is only because anyone who publicly disagrees with it is censored
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Bleached From a Distance
26 September 2021

Bleached From a Distance

I lent my underwater camera (Olympus TG-6) to a dear friend who recently visited Lady Elliot Island at the Great Barrier Reef. She came over last Sunday to return the camera, and to show me some of her photographs. My favourite is of the Parrot fish just beyond the magenta-coloured corals, shared above. Over the ledge the water is deeper,
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Knowing All the Species of Coral at Pixie Reef
9 September 2021

Knowing All the Species of Coral at Pixie Reef

Everyone loves the Great Barrier Reef, particularly its corals. Everyone knows that a reef has different species of coral. But how many species should an average inshore reef have? How many corals are there at Pixie Reef, which is so close to the city of Cairns. Such inshore reefs are apparently in terminal decline. Flying at 150 metres altitude above
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What Corals Can Tell Us About Climate Change
24 June 2021

What Corals Can Tell Us About Climate Change

A new paper from Dr John Abbot, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, reveals that records from living and fossilised corals show natural variations in temperature stretching back thousands of years. Dr Abbot urged Australia’s Government-funded research institution to resume the program of coring corals and publication of trend data that appeared to cease in the early 2000’s,
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The Science Behind Peter Ridd’s Dismissal
17 June 2021

The Science Behind Peter Ridd’s Dismissal

A new paper from Dr Jennifer Marohasy has tackled four big myths that have taken hold in Great Barrier Reef research, and in so doing has highlighted the importance of the criticisms of that research made by Peter Ridd. According to Dr Marohasy, a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Pubic Affairs, academic freedom will be the central issue at
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