The Barrier Reef is Rooned.

Don’t miss Jo Nova’s rejoinder to the call to make the next election a referendum on the GBR.

This news will come as a shock to corals on the Great Barrier Reef which are obliviously living across a range of 2,000 kilometers and a span of five degrees Celsius from 27 to 32°C. But these are magic numbers apparently, and half a degree hotter (which is all we are talking about) it will be 27.5 to 32.5°C which is numerology hell where baby corals go to die.

You and I might think that corals might just emigrate since they shed sperm and eggs in mass spawning events visible from space and have 112 sites known to reseed all damaged areas. But what would we know?

And what would a dumb coral know – possibly something after 200 million years of climate change, most of which was hotter.

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37 Responses to The Barrier Reef is Rooned.

  1. As I noted in Jo’s blog, it’s one apocalyptic prediction after another. These witch doctors will keep at it and may have to call upon the Ten Plagues as a last resort when all else fails.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Corals in the Red Sea and New Caledonia are quite attuned to very warm sea conditions.
    It’s a mystery how they survive the heat when the Great Barrier Reef is so delicate, like a flower.

  3. .

    Pretty funny how the idea that animals, plants and plankton that either live over a large temperature and latitude range, or that can migrate in 3D, are going to die if the average daily temperature changes by even 1, 2, 3 4 or 5 degrees C.

    Compare Lady Elliot Island to Sandy Cape Lighthouse:

    (North of GBR to South of GBR in terms of coal growths…)

    Lady Elliot Island: Mean max: 21.2 Mean min: 16.7

    Sandy Cape Lighthouse: Mean max: 21.2 Mean min: 14.3

  4. Up The Workers!

    Regrettably, it is not only corals that spawn and breed – congenital Leftard idiots do too, which is why the hucksters, fraudsters and pedlars of ‘Humpty Dumpty-science’ have such an ardent following of the devoutly gullible keeping them in Parliamentary seats, salaries, super, lurks, perks, schemes and scams and first class tickets to every taxpayer-funded eco-gob-stuffing contest in the Bahamas, Monaco, Costa-del-Crime and elsewhere around the globe.

  5. Petros

    Isn’t warm water good for marine life? How do they explain the Coral Triangle being so replete with marine life? Serious questions really.

  6. duncanm

    Just how stupid are the catastrophists?

    From this mornings Fairfax:

    The cost is astronomical. The damage over the years to 2100 would reach $US54 trillion in today’s dollars if warming was kept to 1.5 degrees. The cost would climb to $US69 trillion if warming reached 2 degrees.
    The obvious message from the report is to stop the 2 degree scenario.

    Ok – what’s that cost us?

    The report says the investment would need to be $US2.4 trillion a year by 2034 across the global economy.

    Let’s crunch the numbers (T = tera = 1e12 = trillion)
    Total cost if we spend $2.4T/yr 2034 – 2100 = 2.4 x 66 = $158T

    So for the idiots at Fairfax — the obvious way to save damages of $69 is to spend $158

  7. duncanm

    Sorry – its even worse than that.

    Spend $158 to keep it at 1.5C, so we spend $158 to save (69 – 54) = $15

  8. .

    That’s right Duncan. Mitigation has always been a losing proposition.

  9. H B Bear

    Oh noes, The Little Reef that Could is doomed.


  10. H B Bear

    This stuff just makes me want to punch a polar bear.

  11. Bruce of Newcastle

    The IPCC also wants a $100/L tax on petrol.
    Maybe we should burn tobacco in our cars instead.

    A $240 Per Gallon Gas Tax To Fight Global Warming? New UN Report Suggests Carbon Pricing

  12. Rebel with cause

    Australia’s economy will be ruined long before the Barrier Reef is.

  13. destroyer D69

    The fruitloops are in full batcrap crazy, evangelical,catastrafarian doomsaying, chicken little mode this morning. Could this be last clarion call because they can hear the trumpets of truth calling at the gates of their evil empire???

  14. Roger


    There’s a lot of ruin in a reef.

  15. Bruce

    Thoughts for the day:

    “We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet. The world is looking to Korea for leadership. ” Ban Ki Moon, 2009

    “”To capture the public imagination, we have to offer up some scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements and little mention of any doubts one might have. Each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective, and being honest.” Dr. Stephen Schneider; Leading greenhouse advocate, close friend of Al Gore AND major advisor to the IPCC, 1989

    Followed a while later by:

    “We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination…So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts…Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” PROF!! Stepehn Schneider, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead author of many IPCC reports.

    Then there’s:

    “Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had”. Michael Crichton

  16. Interestingly enough, Their ABC had an article on how dramatically the West Australian coast has changed in 125,000 years:

    Archaeologists have combined detailed scientific mapping with technology usually found in big-budget Hollywood films to recreate the history of Western Australia’s shifting coastline going back 125,000 years.

    I wonder how the GBR travelled in the same time period.

  17. From the ABC – the latest data shows Australia’s carbon pollution is at its highest levels since 2011.

    I have copied one part of one sentence that shows the ABC’s bias and ignorance.

  18. Rafe Champion

    Anyone who talks about carbon pollution is clearly on a different planet.

  19. .


    Tobacco is taxed at 1075.36 AUD/kilogram.

    Given petrol having a density of 0.75g./ml, you’re about 1/7th to 1/8th of the way to the suffering tobacco users face.

  20. billie

    dodgy science

    everyone tiptoes around calling any science dodgy, but this is very Tim and Debbie .. like they did taxes

    Does anyone remember the Dodgy Brothers? Back when the ABC was funny? Tim from Tim and Debbie was one of them.

    Well, I used to think these guys were funny .. like climate scientists sell alarmism

    yes, I’m old and need to get a laugh in these terrifying times

  21. It’s funny how no-one ever does any estimates on what would happen if we carried out all the batshit idiotic measure The Greentards want so I’ve done my own calculations on what would happen IF we implemented all the GW fraudsters policies and ideas (carbon taxes, windmills, stopping coal, no nukes, dams etc.)

    Approximately 1 billion people will die within 2 years, another 3-4 billion will die prematurely over the next 10 years. 90% of deaths will be in the developing world. Global population will be ~2 billion by 2030.

    This of course was the entire raison d’etre behind the fraud in the first place.

  22. Tim Neilson

    Let’s assume that in some hypothetical universe the IPCC’s predictions aren’t insane.

    Their temperature forecasts on a do-nothing basis are about 1.5-4.5 degrees warming.

    Let’s round it up to 5.

    The normal lapse rate as per aviation authorities is about 6.5 degrees per kilometre.

    Australia produces about 1.3% of human produced CO2.

    So if Australia totally decarbonised tomorrow and never produced one molecule of human generated CO2 ever again, by 2100 we would have affected the earth’s temperature by about as much as the lapse rate between the Percy Beames Bar and the Bernard Callinan Bar at the MCG.

    The measures actually proposed would affect the earth’s temperature by about as much as the lapse rate between your head and your toes if you’re standing up.

    We owe it to the planet!

  23. Dr Fred Lenin

    Just wondering if the climate communist get paid for this crap? And if they do who pays their exorbitant salaries ? It wouldn’t be the hard working taxpayers of the world would it ?
    These communist maggots don’t realise that destroying the west’s industries means less money in taxes to pay those salaries , borrowing more mo ey is not an option the money market is not a bottomless pit all good things must come to an end even wasting money on bullshit.

  24. …don’t realise that destroying the west’s industries means less money in taxes to pay those salaries …

    Not so. Those that rule the roost will not be destitute should their dreams of conquest be realised. It’s like Venezuela, the people are starving, but the elite still live high on the hog. Now the ‘scientists’ selling their souls for a few pieces of gold will suffer in the long run, but that glitter of gold is too much to resist today.

  25. Up The Workers!


    Didn’t I already save the planet when I paid Colesworth $2.50 cash for a non-biodegradable bag that previously used to be given away as part of a quaint ritual once known as “customer service”, for free?

    Anyway – why are the Colesworth customers being punished, money-gouged and unconscionably ripped off by Colesworth for all the bits of plastic? Colesworth are the ones forcing the plastic on their customers – not the other way around.

    I bought a $3.50 packet of 24 Kraft cheese slices from Colesworth the other day, each slice of which was separately wrapped in plastic, with a 25th piece of plastic keeping the other 24 together. Pricing it at Colesworth’s own punitive price-gouge of $2.50 per piece of plastic, that would be $62.50 less the $3.50 cost for the cheese; meaning that Colesworth owes me $59.00 for my $3.50 purchase of cheese slices.

    I told the checkout chick that she should be happy to pay me that sum, as according to her employers’ own Humpty Dumpty eco-money-gouging policy, she would actually be “saving the planet” in giving me the cash, but alas, she was not impressed.

    If their policy is deemed equitable when imposed by money-gouging fraudsters Colesworth on us, why then is it deemed inequitable when we apply it to them, when it is they who are pushing all the plastic wrapping on to us, in the first instance?

  26. Squirrel

    With the Australian dollar under pressure (and likely more to come) and the price of sensitive imports such as petroleum on the way up, the Government needs to explain to the voters that we need exports such as coal if we are to have any hope of paying for at least some of the stuff that we import.

    I have yet to hear a Plan B from the shrieking snowflakes who want to kill off the remaining parts of our real economy – we can’t all have overpaid bullshit jobs in the public sector, or in “NGOs” or in the protected, rent-seeker swathes of what passes for our private sector. Someone has to make some real money from the rest of the world, and with our costs so high, the options are skrinking.

  27. The first place that should be defunded is the Australia Council for the Arts. With the hundreds of millions squandered on crap that would never exist without this, they could funnel it into windmills and solar panels.

    How could any artist ever object to this? Every windmill could have the artist’s name engraved on the pylons as a tribute to the sacrifice they’ve made for the planet.

  28. 2dogs

    The IPCC identifies as a scientific body, and as everyone knows, science is microfascism.

  29. Bushkid

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2835034, posted on October 9, 2018 at 9:23 am
    The IPCC also wants a $100/L tax on petrol.
    Maybe we should burn tobacco in our cars instead.

    A $240 Per Gallon Gas Tax To Fight Global Warming? New UN Report Suggests Carbon Pricing

    Rebel with cause
    #2835045, posted on October 9, 2018 at 9:44 am
    Australia’s economy will be ruined long before the Barrier Reef is.

    Rebel, if the mad IPCC gets it way on the content of BoN’s post, Australia’s economy, Australia, and all who sail in her will be rooned long, long before the polyps of the GBR even think about getting a bit twitchy and migrating due to 1.5C warming or whatever it’s supposed to be.

    Just what the hell are the loonies at the IPCC actually smoking, drinking or mainlining????

    If they really mean this, then the entire world population is at risk……..

    Or is that actually their intention?

  30. Bushkid

    Rafe Champion
    #2835100, posted on October 9, 2018 at 11:12 am
    Anyone who talks about carbon pollution is clearly on a different planet.

    Anyone who talks about carbon pollution is clearly a LYING, DECEITFUL, THIEVING, SOCIALIST, CONTROL-FREAKING XUNT!


  31. Bushkid

    This of course was the entire raison d’etre behind the fraud in the first place.

    Correct, Mr Rusty.

  32. Pete of Perth

    My Guardian reading workmate was surprised today when I mentioned the number of coal fired power stations being constructed around the world. Still, we must immediately stop our power stations because the reef is gonna fry and the little children will follow shortly after…

  33. Tel

    Not many people know this, but recently we had a tipping point and the entire Barrier Reef was destroyed and replaced with an imposter… similar but not exactly identical; very obvious to a suitably trained eye but the average skeptic, denier, numpty would hardly tell the difference. But you know, those guys, what else would you expect.

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