I see over on “The Politics and Environment Blog” in response to the ocean thermostat study published recently that the following comment from the ill-informed Dr Peter Ridd’s diatribe “The Great Great Barrier Reef Swindle” is again being misconstrued as evidence that warmer waters will be beneficial for corals:

“The scientific evidence about the effect of rising water temperatures on corals is very encouraging. In the GBR, growth rates of corals have been shown to be increasing over the last 100 years, at a time when water temperatures have risen. This is not surprising as the highest growth rates for corals are found in warmer waters. Further, all the species of corals we have in the GBR are also found in the islands, such as PNG, to our north where the water temperatures are considerably hotter than in the GBR. Despite the bleaching events of 1998 and 2002, most of the corals of the GBR did not bleach and of those that did, most have fully recovered.

Of course, some corals on the Queensland coast are regularly stressed from heat, viz. the remarkable corals of Moreton Bay near Brisbane which are stressed by lack of heat in winter. A couple of degrees of global warming would make them grow much better.”

See my response to Dr Ridd’s comments here. I’d like to extend an open invitation to Dr Jennifer Marohasy, the blog’s main author (or anyone else) to provide evidence from the scientific literature that warmer waters will be holistically beneficial to corals from the Great Barrier Reef, and look forward to your response.

One Response to More disinformation from Dr Peter Ridd in response to the ocean thermostat study

  1. John Bruno says:

    Just wanted to highlight the incredibly interesting and thorough debate that has sprung up over at “The Politics and Environment Blog”: http://www.jennifermarohasy.com/blog/archives/002757.html

    about climate change, coral loss and the GBR.

    You should take the time to read through it. Ove’s responses and explanations are very detailed and clear (I am copying and saving them for future use…). And some of the questions from the skeptics, to me at least, highlight some areas of research we need to focus on and the many misunderstandings the general public has about reefs, corals, geology and ocean warming.

    JB

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