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Comments for Climate Shifts http://www.climateshifts.org Science, climate change, coral reefs and the environment Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:57:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.24 Comment on The IPCC has spelled out the risks – now what do we do? by Helen Dawson http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7390#comment-12719 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:57:00 +0000 http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7390#comment-12719 Going to plant some bananas outside the CSIRO in Melbourne.
Looks like they should do well.
Well done guys!

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Comment on Coral Reef Baselines by Mike Risk http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=6348#comment-12057 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:58:32 +0000 http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=6348#comment-12057 While performing a random search on the topic of reef rehabilitation, I came across this discussion. I followed it with great interest, and then suddenly discovered that I was involved in it. This thread is by now so old that the chances are excellent no one will read what I post here, which is fine by me. Nonetheless, some comments are in order.

I agree with John’s admonition that we should conduct ourselves with courtesy and consideration, in a collaborative spirit. There is enough acrimony in politics today that we need not introduce any more into science.

I note that Hugh deals very dismissively with my comments on the AIMS monitoring program-which themselves are by now very old. Perhaps he might have wondered from where I got the information… My comments were almost a direct quote from one of the most senior scientists at AIMS, who knows a great deal about that program. He chose to remain anonymous because he feared the sort of reaction which in fact eventuated.

Mixed in with the various elements of this thread were comments from Hugh that we need to pay more attention to the geological literature [a noble goal], as well as his dismissing some of the evidence of transport of terrigenous material out onto the GBR shelf. In fact, almost 20 years today this subject was covered in a “geological” paper that showed long-range transport of material important to corals: “terrigenous influence on diet is measured out to the edge of the continental shelf, circa 110 km offshore” [Risk et al. 1994: MEPS 106: 121-130].

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Comment on It's not climate change, it's ocean change! by Brian Matthews http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=5585#comment-11625 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:00:28 +0000 http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=5585#comment-11625 It looks like a hockey stick to me. I drew up my own curve last summer from NOAA Ocean heat data and the hockey stick fits well.
The cooling trend seen in the 1960s led some of us to build passive solar homes and insulate in anticipation of bigger heating bills in 1970s. Though that is always a useful even with the warming trend.
Ocean heat is a major cause of ice melt for ice sheets and for tidewater glaciers.
I did some calculations from water masses in Glacier Bay and was able to show the melted-ice contribution from seasonal temperature and salinity data. Freshwater ice at zero degrees gives up its latent heat and reduces the salinity and temperature of the fjord. This gives a handle on the quantities involved. It assumes glacial input is mainly ice ignoring the under ice meltwater from higher up the glacier. However since it all started out as ice it gives a good ice of glacial ice contribution to the nearby ocean. [MATTHEWS JB THE SEASONAL CIRCULATION OF THE GLACIER BAY, ALASKA FJORD SYSTEM ESTUARINE COASTAL AND SHELF SCIENCE 12 (6): 679-700 (1981)]

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Comment on News Limited: Why do they get the facts so wrong? by OveHG http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7192#comment-7273 Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:55:37 +0000 http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7192#comment-7273 Unfortunately so!

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Comment on News Limited: Why do they get the facts so wrong? by john http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7192#comment-7229 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 05:05:50 +0000 http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7192#comment-7229 Just another case of lazy, pageview journalisim which unfortunatly seems to be running rife through Australian media lately.

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Comment on News Limited: Why do they get the facts so wrong? by Jake Starling http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7192#comment-7223 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:02:24 +0000 http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7192#comment-7223 When you’re in a hole, stop digging…unless you just don’t ever want to get out of said hole.

The state of the Great Barrier Reef is just another “canary in the coal mine” indicator of the effects of human-caused/human-enhanced Climate Change via Global Warming. 2016 is the failsafe point to get the CO2 ppm (parts per million) in the Earth’s atmosphere back down to at least 350ppm. Failing that, we’re due for planetary extinction to begin around 2030.

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Comment on 2012′s Surreal Record Warmth in the USA by Another Week of GW News, January 6, 2013 – A Few Things Ill Considered http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7188#comment-7202 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 13:57:44 +0000 http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7188#comment-7202 [...] 2013/01/04: ClimateShifts: 2012′s Surreal Record Warmth in the USA [...]

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Comment on Warming spurs U.S. to consider ESA protection for 82 coral species by Reef Ramblings » Blog Archive » The Beginning of the End for Stony Corals in the Reef Aquarium Hobby. http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=4431#comment-6180 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:37:17 +0000 http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=4431#comment-6180 [...] To see the views of a respected reef scientist go to: Climate Shifts.org [...]

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Comment on Origins of sea fan aspergillosis by Joy Hinkson http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=639#comment-6100 Sat, 08 Dec 2012 10:52:06 +0000 http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=639#comment-6100 I’m writing a children’s book. Team monitor and try to safeguard sea fans on Caribbean reef. Need to understand how the fans KNOW what is good food VS bad; do they understand life VS death? Can they reason?

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Comment on NOAA proposes listing 66 reef-building coral species under the Endangered Species Act by OveHG http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7174#comment-6001 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 03:30:23 +0000 http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=7174#comment-6001 AnD a good outcome. Well done to the NOAA team! Regards, Ove

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