Why the Great Barrier Reef isn’t magically ‘blue again’

4 thoughts on “Why the Great Barrier Reef isn’t magically ‘blue again’”

  1. I guess Ridd aspires to be the Plimer of Marine Biology, and similarly become the darling of the corporate media. Great that he can have “a spirited banter on what climate change means for the reef” though, I mean, nothing hinges on the answer.

    As I have remarked before, there is a special section of hell reserved for climate change deniers – it’s called Australia.


  2. Peter Ridd is science advisor for the Australian Environment Foundation (AEF), which just happens to share its place of business with the right-wing think tank Institute of Public Affairs. The head of the AEF admitted on Triple J’s Hack program that the group was basically set up to protect the interests of the timber industry.

    Doesn’t mean that his comments are wrong, but that they probably come with an agenda.


  3. Hey Jimmy,

    The Triple J audio is in the archives – click here for a link. The problem with Peter Ridd isn’t his advisory position (no matter how much agenda they come with), it’s that his comments have little scientific grounding…


  4. The story for this article was principally about Peter Ridd’s views and The Australian newspaper has an editorial stance of promoting skeptical views as though they had come from the same knowledge base as scientific views. No wonder the public debate is so polarizing.

    Conducting a scientific exchange through the filter of a journalist is fraught with problems. Being taken out of context is a comment event. In closely dissecting the journalist’s writing and quotes, you run the same risk of error in ascribing views to interviewees – whether it be me, Ray or even Peter for that matter.

    Where you discuss comments I made about ‘robust good health’ you write as though the journalist’s extracts were all I had to say on the matter. As I said to the journalist there have been signficant, negative changes on the Reef since European settlement, and I’ve seen significant loss of inshore reefs since 1968 when I first snorkelled on the Reef. The “good health” comments were in the context of comparison with many coral reefs in other parts of the world.

    For interest, I put a comment explaining my position on climate change risks to the Great Barrier Reef on the web at http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au — see the section on media updates). I’ve read this blog with interest, and have also been enjoying http://www.skepticalscience.com.



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