8 thoughts on “Making The Barrier Reef Great Again”

    1. Or this one at the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

      There have been recent studies from James Cook university on how resilient corals actually are. After a bleaching event, corals and their symbiotes return with even more temperature tolerance. Phys.org blather that says there’s “a glimmer of hope”. Seriously, that’s in the title.

      The KT extinction event couldn’t kill those suckers. Cretaceous temperatures couldn’t kill them. The ice ages couldn’t kill them. Twenty three nuclear bombs totaling over 42 megatons on Bikini Atoll couldn’t kill them. Not even the great dying of the Permian-Triassic extinction managed to kill them, with reefs recovering faster than most of the rest of the ecosystem. Science Daily article on reef recovery after the Permian-Triassic extinction, which further illustrates how deep the academic mind rot goes with this paragraph:

      The rapid recovery of diverse metazoan reefs from the very beginning of the Early Triassic rekindles the debate on the pace and conditions of biological rediversification following the Permian-Triassic crisis. Although it is now clearer how mass extinctions are triggered, the way and the rate at which the biosphere recovers and rediversifies after such crisis remain poorly understood. Now that humans are in all likelihood driving Earth into its sixth mass extinction, these findings are a reminder that the recovery of diverse ecosystems following a mass extinction may be relatively fast on the geological timescale (several hundred thousand years), but that it is a long process on the human timescale, spanning at least tens of thousands of human generations.

      Sixth mass extinction? In all likelihood? Really? An Islamic science journal would be embarrassed to drip with so much overt dogma and nonsense. They remind me of early scientific papers which would take some observations, toss in some basic math, and then go off on some tangent about how it reveals that God’s divine hand is ready to smite us all.

      1. Funny how no one every comes up with the hypothesis that one species of dinosaurs became intelligent, and wiped out all the others. I was always hoping that we’d find remnants of some of their lunar probes on the moon, even after 66 million years. (Would definitely be a different sort of resolution to the so-called Fermi Paradox…)

        Then again, Gary Larson comes close.

        1. That’s the cartoon I always envision when I read about the demise of the dinosaurs!

          I have to admit that your idea is enticing, though. I wonder if Michael Crichton had it in mind when, somewhere in the Jurassic book franchise, one of his characters insisted that it was not a catastrophe that ended the dinosaurs – it was a change in their behavior.

  1. This reef marine science stuff was once labelled by Australian journalist Tim Blair as “green collar crime”. Sounds about right. They have some nice resorts on islands and get to mess about in boats in tropical waters with female graduate students in bikinis, while virtue signalling, all at taxpayers’ expense.

  2. “Rather, this trial was purely and simply about the proper construction of a clause in an enterprise agreement.”

    So, the judge didn’t rule on motive for why the rules were abused, just that the rules were abused. That is not quite the defense the Guardian trumpets it as.

  3. Unrelated: Space.com story

    A preliminary investigation into what caused Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft to crash-land on the moon April 11 puts the apparent blame on a “manual command” that was entered into the spacecraft’s computer.

    “This led to a chain reaction in the spacecraft, during which the main engine switched off, which prevented it from activating further,” according to a statement released today (April 17) by Beresheet’s handlers, the nonprofit group SpaceIL and the company Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

    That’s all the detail there is, which is pretty vague, but it does indicate that there wasn’t a hardware failure.

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