[Coral-List] Good News from Australia

Billy Causey billy.causey at noaa.gov
Sat Dec 20 12:32:04 EST 2008

Ove ....
Your research and peer-reviewed science speaks for itself.  We are half 
a world apart, yet your observations have been as relevant for the Wider 
Caribbean, as they are for the Western Pacific.  The only difference is 
that our problems started about 10-12 years in advance of your's.  But 
now ... we are all suffering the sames woes.    Keep up the great work 
..... and I am confident that you will not let postings like this one 
distract you from your research.  Billy

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg wrote:
> Thank you Gene.  
> Now that you have dredged this up, I feel it is important to let the
> readership know, needless to say, that the column is full of misquotes
> and inaccuracies.  Perhaps not surprising given that the columnist
> (Andrew Bolt) is well-known for his endless 'opinions', poor
> understanding and disregard for the truth.  In this respect, he claims
> that there is no science (none at all!) behind global climate change,
> nor truth in the fact that Australian aboriginal people were mistreated
> in recent history (this is despite many victims still being alive
> today).  With respect to his disregard for the truth - Andrew has been
> successfully sued for defamation and other inaccuracies
> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Bolt). What more can I say?
> This source is neither accurate nor science-based, and perhaps should
> not have appeared on coral list.
> Regards,
> Ove
> Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
> Smart State Premier's Fellow (2008-2013), Director, Stanford Australia;
> Reviewing Editor at Science Magazine, and Deputy Director, ARC Centre
> for Excellence in Coral Reef Studies; BLOG: www.climateshifts.org
> -----Original Message-----
> From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Gene Shinn
> Sent: Saturday, 20 December 2008 12:28 AM
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> Subject: [Coral-List] Good News from Australia
> Good News from the Melbourne Australia Herald Sun. "PROFESSOR Ove 
> Hoegh-Guldberg, of Queensland University, is Australia's most quoted
> reef expert.
> He's advised business, green and government groups, and won our rich 
> Eureka Prize for scares about our reef. He's chaired a $20 million 
> global warming study of the World Bank.  
> In 1999, 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."  Gene

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