"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ocean Doomsters At It Again!

John Bruno and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg have produced a paper calculated to out-doom the gloomiest prognosticators of the latter day warmists. 
The impacts of climate change on the world's oceans include decreased ocean productivity, altered food web dynamics, reduced abundances of habitat-forming species, shifting species distributions, and a greater incidence of disease. Further change will continue to create enormous challenges and costs for societies worldwide, particularly those in developing countries.

Ove is well-known for his over-the-top and  incorrect Barrier Reef predictions  so we should not be too worried. From Andrew Bolt:
Hoegh-Guldberg? Good heavens, we well remember this notorious alarmist and his extraordinary record of dud predictions: An ocean temperature change of  less than a degree ( and it has not been warming for near a decade) and a pH change in alkalinity of the ocean of a miniscule 0.1 is not going to cause any world -shattering consequences as suggested by this paper but it will probably keep the grant money flowing.

In 1998, Hoegh-Guldberg warned that the Great Barrier Reef was under pressure from global warming, and much of it had turned white.
In fact, he later admitted the reef had made a “surprising” recovery.
In 2006, he warned high temperatures meant “between 30 and 40 per cent of coral on Queensland’s great Barrier Reef could die within a month”.
In fact, he later admitted this bleaching had “a minimal impact”.
In 2007, he warned that temperature changes of the kind caused by global warming were again bleaching the reef.
In fact, the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network last week said there had been no big damage to the reef caused by climate change in the four years since its last report, and veteran diver Ben Cropp said this week that in 50 years he’d seen none at all.
In fact, I rather suspect researcher Peter Ridd, who says the Reef is actually in ”bloody brilliant shape”, had Hoegh-Gulberg in mind the other day:
ONE of North Queensland’s top marine physicists has accused fellow scientists of exaggerating the threat that climate change poses to the Great Barrier Reef…
James Cook University’s Prof Peter Ridd said global warming could actually be good for the Reef. And he accused scientists of “pushing particular lines” in a bid to save their jobs and keep their funding flowing.
Will the real scientists out there like Peter Ridd please have the courage to stand up- even a relative layman can see that this isn't science that is being peddled by Ove and his cronies!


  1. Goodness, quoting Andrew Bolt. You need to get better sources! How about actually listening to qualified experts ... like the several thousands scientists at the IPCC? And, given your lack of expertise in reef ecology and atmospheric physics,I would stick to electronics.

  2. Engineers have basic training in physics,chemistry,mathematics as well as electronics - certainly enough training to recognise bullshit and faulty science .I am also quite qualified in temperature measurement having designed and manufactured control equipment . I have also been involved in pH measurement and understand what is being said about "ocean acidification" enough to have and opinion. Andrew Bolt does a great job in collating information exposing the global warming scam.