Ove Hoegh-Guldberg on the state of the GBR

Dr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, has responded to Bob Carter’s recent characterization of the Australia’s Great Barrier Reef being in “fine fettle”, i.e., good health.

What’s the current state of the GBR (i.e. is it really “in fine fettle”)?

Despite being one of the best managed marine ecosystems worldwide, there is evidence that the ecological ‘health’ of the Great Barrier Reef has declined since the arrival of European settlers into the Queensland region. This evidence comes from a number of key sources.

Read the complete post here at Skeptical Science

That the GBR is in pristine shape and not threatened by human activities is a common meme of the anti-environmental and anti-regulatory far right in Australia (read more on the GBR controversy hereherehere and here). See Ove’s wonderful movie on the impacts of climate change on ocean ecosystems here and finally, more on Bob Carter’s counter factual descriptions of natural science herehere and, here.

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