Tag: Coral reefs

Analysis of “Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find”

2017-03-18

While natural temperature fluctuations (due to El Niño, for example) have always occurred, they are now superimposed on a warmer background due to human-induced global warming. That causes mass coral bleaching to happen more frequently.


Analysis of “Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has worst coral die-off ever”

2016-11-30

“This article is mostly accurate … the frequency of massive bleaching events is increasing, will continue to increase in the near future, and these events do not need to occur annually to kill the reef. The variability of El Niño Southern Oscillation on top of the background warming trend of surface temperatures means that we will exceed the bleaching thresholds more frequently.”


Analysis of “Great Barrier Reef may perish by 2030s…”

2016-05-02

This Mashable article reports on new preliminary research that finds the ongoing coral bleaching event in the Pacific is mainly due to human-caused global warming, and that if global warming proceeds as currently expected, “large parts” of the Great Barrier Reef could die by the mid-2030s. Six scientists have reviewed the article and conclude that it is overall accurate and in agreement with the science.


Analysis of “Scientists are exaggerating carbon threat to marine life”

2016-03-04

“This article misses some major intellectual points about ocean acidification, thanks to what seems to be a willful misunderstanding and misquoting of an interview with Dr. Browman on an Ocean Acidification special issue journal.”


Analysis* of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si

2015-06-22

“The evidence presented in support of the anthropogenic footprint of environmental problems in general and climate change in particular was overall accurate and relevant. ”