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Great Barrier Reef dead?

Unread postPosted: Wed 08 Mar 2017, 19:49:15
by onlooker
http://www.independent.co.uk/environmen ... 61266.html
Great Barrier Reef declared dead 'after a long illness' in obituary
Most ominous

Re: Great Barrier Reef dead?

Unread postPosted: Wed 08 Mar 2017, 20:15:35
by Shaved Monkey
I live on the edge of it and look out towards it.

I wish people would wake up but I dont hold out much hope when greed is the driver of the decision making

Re: Great Barrier Reef dead?

Unread postPosted: Wed 08 Mar 2017, 22:17:49
by SeaGypsy
It's been in big trouble a long time. Collusion between the sugar cane industry, island tour operators & the fake "Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority" had already killed 80% of the inshore reef decades ago. The reef could be saved by blowing some big trenches into it, allowing cool water in from outside. This would also cause massive flooding along the coast, so it's politically impossible.

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Unread postPosted: Thu 09 Mar 2017, 08:49:28
by Cid_Yama
I'm sure you would be much happier at WUWT. But I guess you already know that.

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Unread postPosted: Thu 09 Mar 2017, 09:11:06
by Cog
Sensational headline is sensational.

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Unread postPosted: Thu 09 Mar 2017, 10:43:27
by rockdoc123
Outside is a great magazine for reading articles about climbing, outdoors etc. It's reporting on environmental aspects tends toward the Green radical side however.

The actual research being done in Australia by the government scientists suggests a slightly different picture. Still reason for concern but the area affected is much smaller than the aforementioned article claims.

Australian Institute of Marine Science. AIMS GBR bleaching monitoring update

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is in the midst of a period of mass coral bleaching, part of a wider event affecting coral reefs globally. Surveys by air and sea reveal that bleaching is widespread across the Reef, but that the severity is not uniform. The data collected shows that the severity of bleaching that will cause mortality to the coral community has been restricted to the upper third of the GBR, from Port Douglas north.


Some of the details:

Preliminary results indicate that while all surveyed reefs are experiencing bleaching in this region, the level of community-wide bleaching ranges from ’minor’ to ’extreme’. The scientists have also noted that the extent of bleaching differs between reefs and between species in the same location

Scientists report that the bleaching severity on the central and northern GBR has varied between reefs. Mortality and severe bleaching was not observed until Saxon and HastingsReefs near Port Douglas. 
On reefs off the coast of Townsville, bleaching is generally restricted to the shallow, high-light environment of the reef flat (upper 1-3m, on top of the reef). Reefs experiencing this ’minor‘ level of bleaching (1-10% of coral community bleached) are typically less likely to experience major loss to the coral community.
On mid-shelf reefs along the coast from Mission Beach to Innisfail, bleaching levels are ’minor’ to ’moderate’ with less than 10-30% of the community bleached and bleaching restricted to the upper reef flat (1-3m).

AIMS researchers have observed an increase in bleaching severity on reefs north of Cairns, with extreme bleaching (more than 60% of the community) observed at Saxon and HastingsReefs. Both of these reefs are reported to show bleaching of a wide range of species, extending beyond the reef flat to depths of 10-15m.

In addition, scientists have observed that different species of coral have responded to the same local (that is, reef level) heat stress conditions in different ways. On reefs with ’minor’ bleaching, bleaching is somewhat restricted to coral types known to be more sensitive to thermal stress, such as Seriatopora, Stylophora and Pocillopora species (see below). Reefs exhibiting a ’moderate’ level of bleaching appear to impact a higher diversity of taxa including branching and plating Acropora species, some massive Porites, and a wide range of moderately tolerant sub-massive species including Goniastrea, Favia and Favites

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Unread postPosted: Thu 09 Mar 2017, 10:56:30
by TheNationalist
It is already dead in places and dying in others as countless independant studies have shown.

Meanwhile our useless excuse for a government has delayed the reef being put on the endangered list at U.N.

This is because wealthy lobby groups and tourism etc are trying to save face at the last minute like some corrupt asian businessman who is sweating profusely and is planning to jump off the bridge rather than admit failure publicly.

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Unread postPosted: Thu 09 Mar 2017, 11:47:48
by Plantagenet
TheNationalist wrote:It is already dead in places and dying in others as countless independant studies have shown.

Meanwhile our useless excuse for a government has delayed the reef being put on the endangered list at U.N.



Being on the endangered list wouldn't do a thing anyway. The only thing that would help is a huge decrease in CO2 emissions and thx to obama the Paris Accords don't actually require any CO2 reductions

Re: Great Barrier Reef dead?

Unread postPosted: Thu 09 Mar 2017, 18:24:54
by Shaved Monkey
Plantagenet wrote:
TheNationalist wrote:It is already dead in places and dying in others as countless independant studies have shown.

Meanwhile our useless excuse for a government has delayed the reef being put on the endangered list at U.N.



Being on the endangered list wouldn't do a thing anyway. The only thing that would help is a huge decrease in CO2 emissions and thx to obama the Paris Accords don't actually require any CO2 reductions

Being on the endangered list would pressure governments to act
Because without that pressure they can continue to direct their care to the welfare of rich people not the environment