Good news about coral reefs – they recovered from warming

Back in 1998, when we had the super El Niño, some of the warm water pooled east and west of Australia (seen in the 1998 image below) and damaged coral reefs there, setting off a cottage industry for noisy alarmy/worry types like Ove Hoegh-Guldberg that have turned the “save the coral reefs” issue into a…

Reef Alarmists Jump The Shark

by Walter Starck (with thanks to Dr. Bob Carter) The Great Barrier Reef is doomed again. A recent widely publicised scientific study reports the dramatic finding that it has lost half its coral in the last 27 years. Forty-eight precent of the loss is attributed to storm damage, with bleaching and crown-of-thorns starfish being responsible…

Six Easy Steps for Saving the Coral Reefs for our Grandchildren

Guest post by Bob Fernley-Jones The 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) was held in Cairns, Queensland, Australia last July.  Not a bad venue for embracing subject field trips and the exotic and spectacular hinterland attractions.  Yet they had time to reach a grand consensus statement endorsed reportedly by thousands of scientists.  Step 1)  Back in June, three eminent scientists…

Sea cucumbers: Dissolving coral reefs?

From the Carnegie Institution  and Stanford University comes word of this paper in JGR. Washington, D.C. — Coral reefs are extremely diverse ecosystems that support enormous biodiversity. But they are at risk. Carbon dioxide emissions are acidifying the ocean, threatening reefs and other marine organisms. New research led by Carnegie’s Kenneth Schneider analyzed the role…

Barrier reef panic? – not so much

It seems that when you look at the way the data was gathered, and find that while some areas of the GBR declined, others gained. Analysed other ways, it doesn’t seem so alarming. Perhaps the phrase is “coral picking”? Assessing loss of coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef: A response to Hughes et al.…