Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Coral Reef Hysteria Debunked

Quoting the press office of the University of Exeter:
“Scientists and environmentalists have warned that coral reefs may not be able to recover from the damage caused by climate change and that these unique environments could soon be lost forever. Now, this research adds weight to the argument that reducing levels of fishing is a viable way of protecting the world’s most delicate aquatic ecosystems.”
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H/T: Paul Biggs at ClimateResearchNews.com.

Of all the incredibly dishonest climate change hysteria mongering, coral reef hysteria may be the most dishonest of all. All of life is far more resilient and far more adaptable than the alarmists care to (publicly) admit.

The article states that:
“Coral reefs have been on the planet for over 400 million years.”

The alarmists at GISS acknowledge that -- at the time of the last glacial maximum (about 18 to 20 thousand years ago) -- sea levels were about 120 meters (394 feet) LOWER than today. According to this source, “[t]ropical corals do not grow at depths of over 50 meters (160 ft).” Ergo, ALL the tropical coral reefs we see today were ABOVE WATER a mere 20,000 years ago. And yet, somehow, tropical coral reefs survived! Or, more accurately, the organisms which produce coral reefs survived and -- once ocean levels rose again -- these organisms revived those reefs which, during the glacial period, had been above water.

Furthermore, NASA has documented around 100 glacial/interglacial cycles in the last 2.5 million years. All evidence suggests these cycles have produced very similar fluctuations in sea levels. Ergo, today’s tropical coral reefs have survived “around 100” episodes where they have ALL been ABOVE WATER!

Those organisms which produce coral reefs have -- during glacial/interglacial cycles -- routinely survived temperature variations of 13C.

How could anybody be so incredibly STUPID as to assert that a PERFECTLY NATURAL temperature increase of 0.7C OR an extremely tiny move towards the neutral side of the pH scale could threaten tropical coral reefs with extinction?

IT IS WAY BEYOND ABSURD! And, those who fall for this absurdity are WAY BEYOND IGNORANT!

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