Great Barrier Reef

Fly-Past Coral Surveys
11 February 2021

Fly-Past Coral Surveys

This morning, Peter Ridd’s legal team will be asking the High Court to hear his appeal against his sacking by James Cook University. The High Court does not agree to hear most cases. They consider cases that have a wider legal implication. His legal team continue to focus on the academic/intellectual freedom clauses in most university enterprise agreements and on
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Measuring Old Corals & Coral Reefs (Part 2)
20 January 2021

Measuring Old Corals & Coral Reefs (Part 2)

Late last year, I went on an expedition in search of a type of very old coral known as massive Porites. Stuart, Shaun and I dived five very different coral reefs between Cairns and Townsville. The first was an inshore fringing coral reef to the leeward side of High Island. High Island is close to the Australian mainland, and not
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Great Barrier Reef Platitudes: More Dangerous Than Sharks
1 September 2020

Great Barrier Reef Platitudes: More Dangerous Than Sharks

It has always been the case that the individual is expected to conform and that there is hierarchy within myths. Myths are of course traditional stories, often explaining a natural phenomenon typically involving supernatural beings or events. Of course, most people, most of the time, are so emersed (and kept so busy) within the established hierarchy and the myth, that
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Peter Ridd Challenge Goes To the Heart Of A Free Society
29 July 2020

Peter Ridd Challenge Goes To the Heart Of A Free Society

Peter Ridd has decided to fight last week’s decision in favour of James Cook University, and the case is of such public importance that the High Court simply must allow the appeal to be heard. The Ridd case is much more than a mere workplace relations dispute between an academic and his employer. It is even bigger than a dispute
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Ridd Case: IPA Welcomes Historic High Court Appeal
29 July 2020

Ridd Case: IPA Welcomes Historic High Court Appeal

The Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the announcement that Dr Peter Ridd will appeal the judgement in the case of James Cook University (JCU) v Peter Ridd to the High Court of Australia. Dr Ridd is seeking to reverse the 2-1 decision of the Federal Court of Australia, which overturned the earlier decision in the Federal Circuit Court, which
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The Federal Court Delivers A Devastating Blow Against Free Speech
23 July 2020

The Federal Court Delivers A Devastating Blow Against Free Speech

The Federal Court has devastating blow against mainstream Australians, against freedom of speech and against freedom of speech on climate change by overturning the earlier decision in the Federal Circuit Court which held that Dr Peter Ridd was unlawfully dismissed by James Cook University. Alarmingly, this decision shows that contractual provisions guaranteeing intellectual freedom do not protect academics against censorship
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Historical Temperature Records Around the Great Barrier Reef
30 June 2020

Historical Temperature Records Around the Great Barrier Reef

This report by Dr J D Vlok and Dr J J Marohasy is an overview of historical temperature measurement around the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), including: sea surface temperature (SST) data recorded by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and surface air temperature (SAT) data recorded by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). Special attention is given to SST
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Coral Catastrophes Imagined
13 April 2020

Coral Catastrophes Imagined

Exactly one year ago yesterday,* I was getting off a train in Proserpine, looking to pickup a hire car to drive to Bowen. I wanted to know if the coral there was all dead, or not. Bowen is a coastal town in North Queensland, not far from Abbott Point that is the coal terminal for the controversial Adani coal mine.
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No Data On Coral Growth Rates For 15 Years
2 January 2020

No Data On Coral Growth Rates For 15 Years

CORALS are animals, closely related to jelly fish, but they differ in having a limestone skeleton. This is hard-stuff, calcium carbonate, and it can persist in the environment and provide an indication of changes in sea level, and also the growth rates of corals, over thousands of years. Porites corals are typically used to estimate growth rates the Great Barrier
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What Can You See, Indicating Sea Levels Are Rising?
28 December 2019

What Can You See, Indicating Sea Levels Are Rising?

Many Australians are fearful of catastrophic human-caused climate change because this is what the state-sponsored propaganda on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (the ABC) tells us. In Australia, we mostly live near the sea. All along our coastline there is evidence of sea level fall, yes fall.* Where is the evidence for rising sea levels? Will you see how much sea levels
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