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Latest IPCC Climate Change Report

It was all over ABC news yesterday that Australia’s magnificent Great Barrier Reef is in “real danger of disappearing in 20 years” The journalist, Elizabeth Jackson, was extrapolating from a new United Nation’s 23-page summary of a report on climate change. This is the second summary report from the United Nation’s this year with the […]

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Pacific Island Rises Up Out of the Ocean

There has been widespread concern that rising sea levels from global warming will swamp Pacific Islands. (Remember the blog post by Ian Mott lambasting the ABC for confusing sinking islands with rising sealevels?) Then along comes a seismic jolt unleashing a tsunami and, acording to ABC news, an entire island is lifted three metres out […]

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Rising Sea Levels or Just Sinking Islands: A Note from Ian Mott

Hello Jen, Our national broadcaster, the ABC, has struck again with a new low in responsible journalism. In ‘PNG – That Sinking Feeling’, broadcast last night as part of the ‘Foreign Correspondent’ program, reporter Steve Marshall has trashed any credibility the ABC had left on environmental reporting. The unambiguous message in the documentary and all […]

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Coral Reefs May Benefit From Global Warming

ON Friday in Paris the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will launch a new report, Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis, with an up-to-date assessment of likely temperature rises because of global warming. Three related reports will be released later in the year, including a report on the likely effects of the rise […]

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Florida Corals Not At Risk of Global Warming: Gary Sharp

Dr Gary Sharp, Scientific Director of the Center for Climate/Ocean Resource Study in Monterey Bay, California, makes a few good points regarding global warming and coral bleaching with particular reference to the Florida Keys in a recent article published by Tech Central Station titled, ‘Coral Bleaching: What (or Who) Dunnit?’: 1. Cold winters, not global […]

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Coral Bleaching & The Reef: Walter Starck

There is a widespread belief, cultivated at least in part by Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg that global warming has resulted in more coral bleaching. Given the interest in the subject, I have copied the following comment from Dr Walter Starck, from yesterday’s rather long and tedious thread: “Bleaching events result from extended periods of calm weather […]

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Global Warming & The Reef: Andrew Bolt &

On 31st January there was a piece in The Age titled ‘Scientists worried by reef bleaching’ quoting Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg from the University of Queensland, with Don Henry from the Australian Conservation Foundation suggesting the problem of bleaching that Ove was so worried about, could be fixed if only the Australian government ratified the Kyoto […]

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