Record Great Barrier Reef Coral Cover – Time to Pull the Climate Crisis Funding?

Essay by Eric Worrall

The Guardian talking up the alleged climate risk to the reef, in the midst of a record boom in coral cover.

Great Barrier Reef’s record coral cover is good news but climate threat remains

Graham Readfearn

The world heritage site still has some capacity for recovery but the window is closing fast as the climate continues to warm

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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the planet’s natural jewels, stretching for more than 2,300km along Australia’s north-east.

But as well as being a bucket-list favourite and a heaving mass of biodiversity across 3,000 individual reefs, the world heritage-listed organism is at the coalface of the climate crisis.

Yet this week, a report on the amount of coral across the reef showed the highest level in the 36 years of monitoring in the north and central parts.

But that does not mean the crisis is over.

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Have you ever read anything more absurd?

I have no problem with scientists receiving a bit of funding, but given we now have abundant evidence the reef is doing just fine, that the scientific climate crisis claims were nonsense, perhaps its time to reallocate some of that generous reef science funding to say pay for fixing our failing hospitals and schools.

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John Hultquist
January 13, 2023 10:16 pm

Those wanting to know what is going on at AU’s GBR should go here:
Jennifer Marohasy – Scientist, Author and Speaker

Jennifer provides great photos and information.

Ron Long
Reply to  John Hultquist
January 14, 2023 2:17 am

Jennifer and Peter Ridd have been a great tag-team for Reality Checks on the Great Barrier Reef, often facing adversity in their endeavor. Let’s hope both keep it up. Wait a minute, reefs don’t like warm water? What?

Reply to  Ron Long
January 14, 2023 3:38 am

Taken into account that the reef at today’s location is a recent construction it seems to me it can adapt just fine.

Scarecrow Repair
January 13, 2023 10:47 pm

I don’t object to scientists receiving private funding. I do object to them receiving government funding, although I’ll make allowances for military R&D in support of actual military purposes, since that seems as close to a proper government function as there is.

But general science funding is pure subsidies, and and subsidies provide more of what you subsidize. In the case of general science funding, that results in marginal students and marginal scientists in marginal fields; they want all the prestige of science without the hard work.

They remind me of an old friend who was smart as a whip, but much too impatient to study engineering or science, and latched on to astrology instead. Books, formulas, calculations, data to collect and normalize (birth time and date, adjusted for time of year, daylight savings variations, latitude and longitude, she lapped it up, especially when it involved wartime double daylight savings or foreign countries). All the superficial trappings of science and engineering, none of the rigorous constraints of reality.

Reply to  Scarecrow Repair
January 13, 2023 11:04 pm

Forget the military complex, they steal more tax dollars than every other department! A tough watch but very accurate.

Reply to  schmoozer
January 14, 2023 1:42 am

There’s a lot of waste in the military research and development area, but a helluva lot of the technology we take for granted, radar, LCD TV etc, has come out of it, as well as advances in emergency medicine.

Reply to  jgmccabe
January 14, 2023 6:28 am

Overall, schmoozer makes a good point.

For example, DARPA apparently declined the gain of function research on SARS viruses as being too risky but the research was nevertheless funded by several others government entities, most notably from U.S. and China, and France as well.

At great resultant cost and suffering from this fiasco, many insiders became rich or richer.

Reply to  schmoozer
January 14, 2023 2:18 pm

BUT, national defense is actually in the constitution as a power and responsibility of congress.

All welfare, retirement, medical, etc. are not in the constitution, and they are “entitlements” that just go up year after year.

January 13, 2023 11:14 pm

Frend asked recently:
” I need to spend some time each day keeping up with climate change news — what do you recommend?”:

Of course I recommended by own blog where I publish a list of links to about one dozen good climate and energy articles each day.

He got back to say the lists were overwhelming — “Is there one reporter I can follow?”

The easy answer was yes — follow Eric Worrall at Watt’s Up With That.

He’s the best single climate science and energy reporter I know of — that conclusion based on reading over 4,000 articles on those subjects each year.

My friend loves the Worrall columns here, but is not a website commenter. I wasn’t either for my first 20 years of using the internet, believe it or not.

He likes the easy reading, good links, and the Worrall articles cover lots of related subjects.

And I believe all good authors should be recognized.

Rod Evans
January 14, 2023 12:27 am

The most important message is, don’t click on any article put forward by the Guardian. Just ignore them. They rely on click count for revenue and we have to stop funding their stupidity. When they carry a true factual article about climate fraud by the alarmists, that is when we will click and read something from them worth the effort.

Reply to  Rod Evans
January 14, 2023 1:43 am

Totally agree. The Guardian publish nonsense, and everyone except their lefty snowflake readers know that. I would prefer that they weren’t given the publicity on this site, but there you go.

January 14, 2023 1:23 am

Mixed metaphors…

“the world heritage-listed organism is at the coalface of the climate crisis.”

That mean naff all

John Hultquist
Reply to  strativarius
January 14, 2023 7:39 pm

I wonder how many readers have walked up and touched a coalface?
My uncle operated a dragline in western Pennsylvania. I’ve no photos.
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Mickey Reno
January 14, 2023 1:34 am

It’s well past time to pull this funding. The idiots and asshats who had Peter Ridd fired need to lose their jobs, and unlike him, they will deserve it..

A happy little debunker
January 14, 2023 1:38 am

The GBR is a shallow water reef and vulnerable to La Nina events that push Australian east coast water level lower.
Strangely, however, bleaching events only seem to occur during high water events such as El Nino.
Coupled with ‘ever increasing sea level rise’ due to global warming’ … the GBR should be in no danger at all.
Unless – they are talking outta their butts.

Reply to  A happy little debunker
January 14, 2023 9:24 pm

Globally, sea level does rise with El Nino, but it falls at the GBR.

“During El Niño years sea level rises in the eastern Pacific and falls in the western Pacific.”.

The GBR is in the W Pacific. It is well understood in some quarters that an El Nino can cause GBR bleaching. Pity it isn’t understood by certain reef ‘scientists’. Actually, I suspect that they understand it only too well, it’s just that they won’t mention it.

Ireneusz Palmowski
January 14, 2023 1:44 am

The high SOI (upwelling) of the stably cool Nino 4 region provides food and sunshine for corals.
At the same time, they provide rainfall in Australia.
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Geoff Sherrington
January 14, 2023 2:00 am

Readfearn writes that “…the window is closing fast as the climate continues to warm”.
Contrary evidence is here:

It doesnot add up
January 14, 2023 2:44 am

Orwell warned us about blackwhite, the propaganda of claiming that things are the opposite of what they are.

Reply to  It doesnot add up
January 14, 2023 1:17 pm

Getting a LOT of that, for a LONG time.

Ireneusz Palmowski
January 14, 2023 3:20 am

La Niña will bring plenty of rain to Australia this summer.
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Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
January 14, 2023 3:34 am

So you aren’t buying the projections that the La Nina is going to end soon and flip to El Nino conditions.

Ireneusz Palmowski
Reply to  rah
January 14, 2023 5:51 am

Perhaps in April Nino 3.4 will be neutral.
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January 14, 2023 3:25 am

I have yet to see a single catastrophic change predicted due to “climate change” manifest anywhere but in the feverish minds of the alarmists. And yet they keep on. It is not temporary insanity. It’s not science. It is pure and simple malfeasance born out of greed and an overriding megalomaniacal desire for the power to control the lives and destinies of others.

Reply to  rah
January 15, 2023 9:25 am

So they substitute “extreme weather” events for the climate catastrophes they’ve been praying for fervently to woke us up and show us that their obsessive fears are real, ignoring the fact that Mother Nature has generated extreme weather since the dawn of time. The doomist cult rolls happily along.

January 14, 2023 3:37 am

Fun fact to have at hand while you read about the flooding and destruction of homes and businesses along the US Pacific coast ,..

Scientists have found that global mean sea level—shown in the line plot above and below—has risen 10.1 centimeters (3.98 inches) since 1992. Over the past 140 years, satellites and tide gauges together show that global sea level has risen 21 to 24 centimeters (8 to 9 inches).

I will now take the rest of the day off.

Reply to  rovingbroker
January 14, 2023 5:10 am

omYea, we can see the mass evacuations from the coasts! NOT!

Reply to  rovingbroker
January 14, 2023 7:25 am

I saw a 2ft 6in wave last week that my great grandfather saw in the same spot and he wrote that it was a 2ft 3in wave.

The Guardian published his report at the time in their “Religion” section I understand.

But their fact-checkers have reservations.

Reply to  rovingbroker
January 14, 2023 8:11 am

that article says “…scientists estimate that every 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) of sea level rise translates into 2.5 meters (8.5 feet) of beachfront lost along the average coast…”
On my beachfront property, there is more “beach” than ever because of sand washing onto shore during the odd storm. About a foot more in a decade. That someone calculated the average slope of beaches without walking on a few of them shows their ignorance.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
January 14, 2023 1:21 pm

Without walking on ‘the sloping beach’, how can they demonstrate ‘balance’ in their articles?

Reply to  rovingbroker
January 14, 2023 1:19 pm

“Scientists have found..” There you go again.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
January 14, 2023 6:43 am

But that does not mean the crisis is over.

Correct; it means the crisis never was to begin with.

Pat from Kerbob
January 14, 2023 9:55 am

Like most I’m no longer shocked at the utter shameless of the climate/insane.
They said the reef was bleaching due to co2 causing higher temps, that it was half gone years ago and would never recover.
Well we all know CO2 has continued to increase, the climate/insane insist that the temps continue to rise and yet they are forced to admit that the GBR is doing better than ever. But I guess it’s just an illusion.
Because the end is still nigh.

Yes they should all be fired and Peter Ridd should be cloned and inserted into all those positions.

Just as those who drove out Crockford for pointing out the FACT that even though arctic summer ice was decreasing the polar bears keep increasing, should be removed.

Losing your job for pointing out holes in the narrative should bring wealth via lawsuit.

January 14, 2023 9:22 pm

More coral reefs, more polar bears, greater crop production, weaker cyclonic activity, etc. I propose that we call this the Gore-Ehrlich effect. Whatever is predicted, expect the opposite.

Mike Maguire
January 14, 2023 9:41 pm

Despite over 3 decades of insisting that we have a major climate crisis killing the planet, while using very busted, too warm global climate models to project extreme, impossible future scenarios, the empirical data/observations of the real world continue to show a climate OPTIMUM and planet greening up with the best weather/climate and beneficial CO2 levels since humans have existed.

Death by Greening:

Fossil fuels=the only true green energy

Andy Pattullo
January 15, 2023 8:36 am

The oddest part of this is the spectacle of the Guardian actually reporting good environmental news. Nothing odd however about them pretending there is still an emergency even when the sun comes up, the wind blows and the biodiversity merrily passes it days and nights in vigorous health as nature intended.

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