Climate change could be ideal for the Great Barrier Reef.
In 2016 most major media outlets ran a story that read “93 percent of the great barrier reef is practically dead. Climate change is destroying Earth’s largest coral ecosystem” This was all based on a report that reported that 93% of coral reefs in the north of Australia had “some” bleaching. Although not clearly mentioned in this report “some” bleaching could mean as little as 1%. bleaching is not the beginning of the end of a corals life. It’s a normal occurrence during high heat periods which the coral normally recovers.
Would rising sea temperatures bleach The GBR?
All the corals that live on the GBR already live in Papua New Guinea. Where the ocean temperature is at least one or two degrees hotter. In fact, they grow faster and possibly more healthy. If there are temperature stressed corals, it’s because it’s too cold like in Morton Bay QLD.
Would sea levels rise harm the GBR?
Australian sea levels have been falling the more than the last 5000 years. As it has fallen the shallower reef begin the be exposed at low tides and in extreme weather events. This has killed these corals. If in fact, we see a sea level rise as is predicted, we would see an explosion of corals in these areas that are in fact dead. If average sea levels continue rising on the Queensland coast which it is at the moment they are that is good news for the great barrier reef.
One professor Peter Ridd has been fired by James Cook University
He has questioned the Quality assurance and peer review processes in these fields, asking if the system is good enough when a government is going to spend a Billion dollars. Believing we can no longer trust institutions such as the Australian Institute of Marine Science “a lot of this is coming out not properly checked, tested or replicated and this is a shame because we really need to be able to trust our scientific institutions and the fact is I do not think we can anymore”
” I think that most of the scientist pushing out this genuinely believe there are problems with the reef, I just don’t think they are objective about the science they do, I think they’re emotionally attached to science they do”
1“Coral Triangle Facts”. World Wildlife Fund,http://wwf.panda.org/knowledge_hub/where_we_work/coraltriangle/coraltrianglefacts/
2 Chris D’Angelo, “93 Percent Of The Great Barrier Reef Is Practically Dead – Climate Change is Destroying Earth’s Largest https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/climate-change-destroying-great-barrier-reef_us_571918e6e4b0d912d5fde8d4
3 Great Barrier Reef marine Park Authority. http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/our-work/threats-to-the-reef/climate-change