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].]]>
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.]]>