Professor Peter Ridd lost
his job at the James Cook University because he criticised the quality of some of the research
papers being published on damage to the Great Barrier Reel by the so called climate change. The matter went before the courts which found in Ridd’s favour. It has now found it’s way into the political sphere and is the subject of a Senate enquiry.
Since the parent parliament to the Australian chose to lop the head
of an intransigent sovereign most sensible folks figure it unwise to mess about with parliaments. Consequently many of the facts being uncovered are probably both truthful and very interesting.
It was revealed by the Head
of the Australian Institute of Marine
Science (AIMS) that contrary to the alarmist THE REEF IS DEAD headlines that only 3 percent of the inshore reefs
is affected by pesticides and sediment and that the other 97 percent mostly 50 to 100 kilometeres offshore
wher the majority of the reef is situated is totally unaffected.
Some corrals live for hundreds of years and like trees form annual growth rings the characteristics of which reliably infer coral health
. These naturally occurring records show no slowing of corral growth in the 100 years to 2005 that agriculture has been practiced in Australia
. There are no reliable records since 2005 as AIMS claimed corral growth rates collapsed between 1990 and 2005 because of global warming however this amazingly coincides with a change of methodology with the data between 1990 and 2005 (We’re just going to have to make this sort of thing a criminal offense with long gaol sentences for the perpetrators, they result in vast wastage of tax payer funds. BOM has also adjusted the historical temperature records down twice to allow a sequence of record
high temperatures to be recorded) and under duress AIMS has agreed to update the data.
To it’s credit AIMS has recently instituted an opposing team approach to the evaluation of studies on the reef rather than depending on peer review, which is proving to be a very poor quality control process . One team argues for and one against the hypothesis contained in a body of research
and if done diligently and rigorously this might provide the public with more accurate and objective information (I've got my fingers crossed on this one. Whilst we are remarkably free of material corruption in Australia
we are exceptionally good at corrupting or perverting any process devised by mankind)
So, if you want to visit Australia and dive on healthy reef, apparently it ain't all dead and when this stupid covid panic this dies down you're all welcome.