Northern Red Sea corals live close to the threshold of resistance to cold temperatures

Coral reefs are highly sensitive to temperature change. Therefore, identifying those that respond differently to thermal stress aids in understanding the mechanisms of environmental adaptation in corals. In addition, researchers…

Claim: Great Barrier Reef Set to Disappear Because of Global Warming

According to EU Official Virginijus Sinkevičius, Corals which survived the dinosaur killer, the Cretaceous / Paleogene Extinction event, will soon disappear because we have raised atmospheric CO2 a few parts…

FSU researchers discover how ‘cryptic species’ respond differently to coral bleaching

“If we maintain the right type of diversity, nature in a way can pick the winners and losers,” Burgess said. “However, the worry for us scientists is that unless the…

Who Ate the Green Plate?

I’m so proud of the 360 underwater photographs taken along 36 transects that were laid in four different habitat types: at the reef front, in the back lagoon, at the…

James Cook University Walks Back Extreme Global Warming Coral Extinction Claims

Peter Ridd is right – the Great Barrier Reef is not in immediate danger of dying. James Cook University, Peter Ridd’s adversary in his unfair dismissal court case, has just…

Claim: Global Warming May have Started in 1825

According to researchers working in the Paracel Islands, the modern warming period began in 1825, before anthropogenic CO2 could possibly have had any effect on the global climate.

Claim: Major discovery helps explain coral bleaching

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE Research News Corals, like all animals, must eat to live. The problem is that most corals grow in tropical waters that are poor in nutrients,…

Measuring Old Corals & Coral Reefs (Part 2)

Once upon a time, the scientists drilled into the corals and extracted a core from which they created a slither. Then, under x-ray, they counted the annual bands with the…

Aussie ABC: Coral Islands are Growing Larger, Despite Climate Change

According to the Australian ABC, despite the ravages of global warming, most tropical coral islands in the Pacific Ocean which were investigated by the University of Auckland are maintaining their…

New Scientist: Inside The Battle to Save the Great Barrier Reef from Climate Change

Apparently the Great Barrier Reef is so dead from climate change it needs teams of well funded scientists to run around planting coral. Except for the embarrassingly healthy bits Peter…

Reef Heresy? And the Importance of Asking Questions

I am so privileged to have written the introduction to Peter Ridd’s new book, ‘Reef Heresy?’. In it I explain that it is of great concern to both Peter, and…

Preventing Ecosystem Collapse: Caribbean Coral Reefs

Media headlines have been promoting unrealistic fears of ecosystem collapse due to climate change. Such fears get supported when the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) designates some…

Gardens of Old Porites, Without Sharks

It is often reported that the Great Barrier Reef is half dead, specifically that the corals are bleached, and the water quality is degraded with pesticides and plastics. If I…

Peter Ridd: It’s the science that’s rotten, not the Great Barrier Reef

Sixty years ago, when these cycles of death and destruction were first being discovered by scientists, it was legitimate to be concerned about whether they were unnatural. But there is…

Coral recovery during a prolonged heatwave offers new hope

University of Victoria biologists have discovered how some corals managed to survive a globally unprecedented heatwave, in a first-ever study that provides new hope for the long-term survival of coral…

Claim: The Great Barrier Reef is “Critical” because of Climate Change

Just how long do we have to wait until the Great Barrier Reef is dead? The Reef allegedly went critical in the great El-Nino of 1998. Ever since, reef scientists…

Measuring Old Corals & Coral Reefs (Part 1)

Most media reports, based on extensive aerial surveys by his one-time colleague Terry Hughes, conclude that the reef is variously 50% or 60% dead from coral bleaching as a direct…

Scientists Discover Skyscraper-Sized Reef… In the Great Barrier Reef

Guest “How did they miss this?” by David Middleton PRESS RELEASE / OCTOBER 26, 2020 AUSTRALIAN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER 500 METER TALL CORAL REEF IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF–FIRST TO BE DISCOVERED IN…

“Proxies” Claim Half the GBR Corals Dead – But Not in Real Life

It has been reported across the world yet again, that the reef is ruin, but none of the publications reporting its demise have bothered to actually send journalists to go…

Claim: Ocean acidification causing coral ‘osteoporosis’ on iconic reefs

Scientists have long suspected that ocean acidification is affecting corals’ ability to build their skeletons, but it has been challenging to isolate its effect from that of simultaneous warming ocean…

University Appeal Upheld, Peter Ridd Loses – We all Lose

On 2 May 2018, Professor Peter Ridd was sacked by James Cook University for serious misconduct. It all started when he called-out his colleague Terry Hughes for falsely claiming healthy…

Study: Coral Reef Islands Grow with Rising Sea Level

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Another study confirming that coral reef islands are dynamic, and adjust rapidly to changes in sea level. NEWS RELEASE 10-JUN-2020 Island ‘drowning’ is not inevitable as…

Inside Peter Ridd’s fight for freedom of speech on climate change.

A fantastic series from the Institute of public affairs. The Heretic is an insiders’ account of Peter Ridd’s ongoing legal battle with James Cook University. It tells the story of…

CSIRO Scientists Accidentally Prove Coral Rapidly Adapts to Global Warming

Guest essay by Eric Worrall CSIRO Scientists have subjected coral symbiont algae to heat stress over four years, and produces a strain of algae which can help coral thrive in…