Reef Scientist Receives “Standing Up for Science” Award for Defending His Climate Change Claims

Terry Hughes

Terry Hughes. ARCCOE [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Dr. Willie Soon – Reef Scientist Terry Hughes has received the John Maddox Prize for standing up for science, to acknowledge his spirited defence of his claim that reef coral which survived hundreds of millions of years of extreme climate shifts and extinction level events is in grave peril due to our gradual modern warming.

Reef scientist Terry Hughes awarded prize for standing up to political ‘smears’

Coral reef scientist jointly awarded John Maddox prize weeks after his research centre lost government funding

Judges have awarded an Australian scientist a prestigious international prize, saying he has battled political smears and public attempts to discredit his work in order to shine a light on the devastating effects of climate change on coral reefs.

Prof Terry Hughes was jointly awarded the John Maddox prize on Wednesday for bringing public attention to coral bleaching.

It comes only weeks after his research centre lost government funding for its work.

Known as the “standing up for science prize”, the award acknowledges scientists who promote their research as a matter of public interest and do so in the face of attempts to criticise their work.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/15/reef-scientist-terry-hughes-awarded-prize-after-standing-up-to-political-smears

Back in the real world Peter Ridd, a scientist who genuinely stood up for science by demanding evidence to support wild claims that the Great Barrier Reef is endangered, is still fighting to get his job back.

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90 thoughts on “Reef Scientist Receives “Standing Up for Science” Award for Defending His Climate Change Claims

    • Excerpted commentary:

      Judges have awarded an Australian scientist [Prof Terry Hughes] a prestigious international prize (John Maddox Prize), saying he has battled political smears and public attempts to discredit his work in order to shine a light on the devastating effects of climate change on coral reefs.

      It is quite obvious to me that the ONLY reason that Terry Hughes was awarded that per se “prestigious prize” was to insure continued public support and approval of the university’s decision to terminate Peter Ridd.

      Peter Ridd’s legal quest to be reinstated in his old position is now less likely, simply because, his former employer can not cite the above “prestigious prize” awarding as further evidence in support of Ridd’s termination

    • It is a way they can try and show support like you do a mate who just did the most stupid thing you have ever seen and now sits there with that mortified look on his face … you know the one 🙂

  1. We showed that 29 per cent of it exceeded the threshold for collapse in the north …. (Professor Hughes).
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    Divers disagree : “… if you believe reports in many main stream media outlets you would think that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is dead after two coral bleaching events in recent years. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth, especially on the Far Northern Reefs …”:
    https://www.diveplanit.com/marine-environment/great-barrier-reef-far-northern-reefs/

    • Comrades, what is the narrative?
      That which leads us to truth.
      Comrades, what is the truth?
      That which we find in the narrative.

  2. Many in the political and media classes in Australia believe the GBR doom stories and further believe that windmills have some apotropaic power to ‘save’ it.

  3. The Peter Ridd case is due for hearing one one of the 3 days between 26-28 Mar 2019 a courtroom has not been set again yet.

  4. What a poster example of special interest behavior disguised as science!
    Who are those people who give out prizes?
    Even the Nobel prizes are often a joke.
    It is like giving A-grade for a school essay filled with factual errors, but with a subject that satisfies the teacher.
    Wouldn’t is be better to work for honesty, love and economical and technological growth?
    On the bright side, there are worldwide political organizations with both feet on the ground, and in space, like for example the Schiller Institute.

    • Science awards have become like journalism and real estate awards. They are not about recognizing excellence, they are a vehicle for scooping media space. The award is irrelevant, it is all about recognition for the institution.

  5. The GBR is the perfect example of everything which is wrong with the Warmers claims.
    Every year millions of eggs are released and go in every direction. If for example they reef was to suffer a major change then th eggs would die in that spot, but florish in manys other spots. So excesive heat for example would
    simply result in the reef slowly moving South to the cooler waters.

    Another big Furphy, Aussie for rumour, is that bleaching means the coral is dying. Not true, it simply means that the cr eatures on the coral died off, to be replaced soon from eggs drifting around.
    Anyway as previously stat ted go to Madang in PNG. Its near the Equater and has beautiful corals of all sorts , just as occurres in the very warm waters of the Red Se a.

    MJEi

  6. A fine acronym for “Standing up for Science” might be SUS….the SUS awards, awarded to especially SUS people.

  7. The GBR is the perfect example of everything which is wrong with the Warmers claims.
    Every year millions of eggs are released and go in every direction. if for example the reef was to suffer a major change then th eggs would die in that spot, but florish in manys other spots. So for example a major climatic change re.hea t, would simply result in the reef slowly moving South to the cooler waters.

    Another big Furphy, Aussie for rumour, is that bleaching means the coral is dying. Not true, it simply means that the cr eatures on the coral died off, to be replaced soon from eggs drifting around.
    Anyway as previously stat ted go to Madang in PNG. Its near the Equater and has beautiful corals of all sorts , just as occurres in the very warm waters of the Red Se a.

    MJEi

  8. Ummmmm. Eight thousand years ago before the last ice age ended, the coast of Qld was another 40-80ks out to sea of where it is now..

    And there existed a huge great barrier reef off that Ice age coastline..It’s remains were discovered a year or so ago ..
    But the ice melted..The sea level rose. And a new Great Barrier Reek quickly developed off shore in the newly flooded coastal areas..

    My point being ? The Great Barrier Reef we know now is relatively new..Just a few thousand years old..And replaced a previous one now deeper in the sea….Life has this capacity to cope with change..

    • Yep. The sea level was 130 meters lower during the last glaciation. link The GBR isn’t much older than 10,000 years. The way “reef coral which survived hundreds of millions of years of extreme climate shifts and extinction level events” have survived is by moving to more congenial habitats when necessary.

      • Jay,
        Have you checked the veracity of the assumption that events from 7000 years ago CAN be remembered in a society with little to no recording apparatus?
        Has group recall been tested with other known major, dated events?
        Or is this just another example of noble savage romanticism invention?
        Geoff

    • Dear Bill

      When the next ice age starts and the sea level falls, the Great Barrier Reef will be left high and dry.

      What are the greenies going to do about that, I wonder?

      “Burn more carbon” might be the greeny cry, but as far as I know ice ages are not ended by carbon dioxide. We might hope that the current interglacial may be extended by the release of all that carbon dioxide sequestered in fossil fuel deposits, but that may not be the case.

      One thing that is certain is that ice ages kill.

      DP

    • To one Bill from OZ from another…the Amazon is sitting on an ancient coral reef. All that massive basin has been at one time or another a coral reef. Destroyed by…global cooling obviously. I think its safe to say, as you point out correctly, coral is highly adaptive and has survived violent changes over the 200 million years, since the Jurassic…unless you count the Triassic coral, and add another 25 million years, and evolved at a time when the global CO2 levels were over 2,000PPM…. I think I am completely justified in being certain coral will survive 410 PPM CO2, or even 500 or more, and if a court decides otherwise I think its time to overthrow the system. Cant believe we haven’t done that already, what will it take? The system is complete shit, as once again made completely obvious by the idiotic climate change muggins in the above story. What other time in history would a strange little person like this not been ostracized from normal society? Congrats to the Libs for dumping his pathetic rent seeking ass…I will vote for them after all. But only as a second pref. after Mark Latham and Pauline get my 1st pref.

    • We are dealing with insincere people who know exactly what they are doing. That people who once had scientific credibility have sold their souls to get their snouts in the trof should not surprise anyone. Most people are basically cowards and will fly any flag to 1. make a buck and 2. be part of the team….. Lord of the Flies. But when the team you are part of are all liars or at best snake oil salesmen? You are known by the friends you keep. It has long been held that the crooks win the prizes and the real do gooders and triers get nothing…. Just look at the corrupt honours system in the UK!

  9. Ah the arch bed-wetter in chief. The polyp-fancying over-emotional schoolgirl. This specimen wins the Pseudoscience Today Red Herring award.

  10. This is the sort of award given to scientists in the USSR who supported Lysenkoism.
    Australians are dumber because this clown is allowed to win awards.

    • All Australians ? We never heard of this prize. Nor who judged and awarded it…
      It’s just the Guardian doing it usual garbage stuff..And the Guardian is HQ’d in the UK…
      In Oz it just a website ‘personed’ by 5-6 radical lefties …

  11. Brave man, bravest of the brave.

    Truly earn’t his participation prize imo.
    What kind of sub-human could ever doubt his science ?.

    Me.

  12. Indeed, a pre-emptive back-slapping exercise attempting to paper over the ever widening cracks in the climate change narrative that the Peter Ridd case will inevitably highlight

  13. Eric Worrall:
    Another cheap garbage post from The Guardian.

    Eric Worrall:
    If we wanted to see what clickbait the Guardian has published, we would go look.
    We do not care. We know that junk is out there.

    Eric Worrall:
    WUWT deserves better than a constant stream of garbage and junk from someone who just wants to post *something*.

    Eric Worrall:
    Give it a rest.

    • Don’t blame us it’s actually a British organization that gave him the award
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sense_about_Science

      Sense about Science is a UK charity that promotes the public understanding of science. Sense about Science was founded in 2002 by Lord Taverne, Bridget Ogilvie and others to promote respect for scientific evidence and good science. Sense about Science was established as a charitable trust in 2003, with 14 trustees, an advisory council and a small office staff. Tracey Brown has been the director since 2002

  14. This seems fairly par for the course giving the prize to the one who can say what they want to hear and not to the one who can do science.
    I wonder if he has difficulty looking at himself in the mirror in the morning?

    James Bull

      • I just read about it. So no thank you but at least now I know I can make a joke about it some where down the line.

    • A cross lemon and peanut butter. As close as I can get. It’s a strongly bitter taste, but incredibly yummy. Young babies love it. They’ll fight you if you try to take it away from them.

  15. From the article: “Known as the “standing up for science prize”, the award acknowledges scientists who promote their research as a matter of public interest and do so in the face of attempts to criticise their work.”

    LOL!

    This award sounds like politics right down the line. Who set this award up, Tom Steyer? I guess this is one way to keep encouraging the alarmist to hang in there because we support you, even if your science is wrong.

    Coral Reef destruction and ocean PH are two of the more egregious lies produced by the CAGW scam artists.

  16. Totalitarian societies use propaganda to lionize their officials, because the masses gravitate toward those who gave all in support of a just cause such as the truth. So this award forces the sane to mistrust global alarmism all the more.

  17. it seems you cannot be criticized for being wrong. Only for being off message. Welcome to the brave new world.

  18. From my time as a college trustee I learned that when any one of the many incompetent or malicious administrators would put their foot in it, the first course of defense would be for the other incompetent or malicious administrators to cook up some award for the miscreant as proof of his or her continuing value.

  19. “The award acknowledges scientists who promote their research as a matter of public interest and do so in the face of attempts to criticise their work”

    So if I stand up in the face of criticism saying Coral Reefs will not die I lose my job but if I stand up in the face of criticism saying Coral Reefs will die I get an award? I think I will opt for religion.

  20. It seems like Australian climate science is very similar to narco politics in the Philippines, metaphorically. It is all a bunch of cover ups and lies within a slaughter of the truth. Presidenti Duterte would be proud of these climate crooks for how they can tell such a whopper of a lie with a bold face. Or maybe a better analogy is that Australia is the ‘Saudi Arabia’ of climate science. Luckily, history will not be so kind to these shiesters of the truth. Peter Ridd will be vindicated by history in his quest to bring out the truth regarding the GBR. Fired for practising true science. What a shame on Australian academia.

      • Yes, I realize that and this implicates the UK as well in all this fiasco. I was referring to climate science in general, and specifically what was done to Peter Ridd, both in Australia. I think the state of climate science in Australia is similar to politics in the Philippines or Saudi Arabia, metaphorically speaking. You don’t dare speak out against the ‘climate elites’ in Australia without taking your ‘life’ in your own hand, metaphorically speaking. In the case of Peter Ridd, he lost his job for just practising science. What a shame!

    • If you promise the voter free stuff you have to be a professional liar. These people would be out of work in a real capitalist society where honesty is the only way to prosper.

  21. I thought the Maddox prize was for researchers suffering from mad cow disease, but battling on through it to continue their research. If so, I can think of many more climate scientists who would be eligible.

    • The award wasn’t for the science, corrupt or otherwise.

      The “Self aggrandizing award to promote your cause, award!”

  22. To summarize, Australian coal lobby content provider & political PR smear author Worral tips his hat to Aerospace engineer turned coal lobby content-provider Willie ‘Deliverables’ Soon, for lamenting that late Cook University coal flack Robert Carter’s protege’ has not been an academic success.

    Of course, neither have the Cook administrators who want to sack him – last spring, Queensland education union’secretary Michael McNally said: “All management have done is to feed a right-wing media narrative that universities are conformist and actively suppress heterodox views on topics such as climate change.”

    But who could be more conformist than an energy lobbyist in full cry ? Here are Soon & Carter hard at work with Viscount Monckton’s crew :
    https://vvattsupwiththat.blogspot.com/2015/12/its-christmas-time-in-cite.html

    • Utter . . . . not going your way in the climate game?
      Institutional autocracy no match for democracy.
      There now, have your medication and rest today.

  23. You WILL … BELIEVE …. “science” I command you! BELIEVE!! 97% of Federally Funded scientists agree … BELIEVE! BELIEVE in our “projections”, “predictions”, and dead-reckoned guesses … BELIEVE!

    … or you won’t get a prize.

  24. Sir John Maddox was the editor of Nature. For 22 years until 1995. It was a respected publication, once upon a time. Now, not so much.

  25. It’ll be inconvenient when / if the reef recovers. I guess they won’t claw back the award, though.

    • It would only be inconvenient to them if they ever acknowledged when they were wrong.

      And really, when have you ever seen one of the Climate Faithful acknowledge that a prediction or ‘projection’ they made has failed? Or admit that one of their ‘warning signs’ has reversed, and is now getting better?

      ~¿~

      • That would be the sound of tipping points being moved on and it’s beyond the sensitivity range of many human ears by all accounts.

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