“THE REEF LARGELY REGROWS WITHIN A DECADE TO ITS FORMER GLORY”
Peter Ridd, Professor of Physics, has just won a landmark victory against the James Cook University who had fired him for questioning that the Great Barrier Reef was being destroyed by climate change. “I have published numerous scientific papers showing that much of the “science” claiming damage to the reef is either plain wrong or greatly exaggerated. As just one example, coral growth rates that have supposedly collapsed along the reef have, if anything, increased slightly”.The Great Barrier Reef is in fact in excellent condition. It certainly goes through periods of destruction where huge areas of coral are killed from hurricanes, starfish plagues and coral bleaching”. he said.
“We can no longer trust the scientific organisations like the Australian Institute of Marine Science,
even things like the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies – a lot of this is stuff is coming out, not properly checked, tested or replicated and this is a great shame because we really need to be able to trust our scientific institutions and the fact is I do not think we can any more.”
Professor Peter Ridd has just won a landmark court victory in the Australian courts against the university which fired him for daring to challenge the narrative that the Great Barrier Reef is being destroyed by climate change.
The historic judgement by Judge Vasta in Brisbane, Australia, found that Ridd was wrongly dismissed by James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. It has been hailed as a major victory for free speech, free academic inquiry and scientific integrity.
A spokesman for the Institute of Public Affairs, Gideon Rozner the Australian think tank which helped raise funds for Ridd’s case said:
This judgement should rightly send shockwaves through Australian universities regarding their commitment to academic freedom and how they deal with academics who hold a contrary view to established group think.”
It marks a victory not just for Ridd but also for his former friend and colleague the late Bob Carter, another outspoken climate sceptic who was similarly traduced and ostracised by the same university.
Peter Ridd, Professor of Physics at James Cook University, was ostensibly sacked for ‘academic misconduct.’ But the underlying reason was his refusal to play ball on the subject of the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef has become one of the poster children for the great global warming scare – and much generous grant funding is available to any Australian university department which can claim to show how badly it is imperiled by man’s selfishness, greed and refusal to amend his carbon-guzzling lifestyle. But Ridd just wasn’t having it.
Queensland Environment Minister Leanne Enoch accused the Government of failing to undertake due diligence when allocating its funding for the reef.
“The Government’s inability to explain its decision making around a $444 million investment to just one single organisation is evidence of the absence of robust governance and leadership in managing the Great Barrier Reef,” she said. For such a large investment, I would have expected more conscientious decision making.”
This followed a Report on surveys of the Townsville sector of the Great Barrier Reef which tends to back up Peter Ridd’s claims.
Seven reefs in the Townsville had coral cover equal to, or greater than, that recorded since systematic manta tows began 31 years ago.
Coral cover had increased on 11 of the 12 reefs surveyed using manta tows.
Coral cover ranged from low (5-10%) to very high (63-75%).
Ongoing crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) activity but no reef-wide outbreaks recorded.
Evidence of recent COTS recruitment to some reefs.
Coral bleaching generally low on midshelf reefs (0-10%) but moderate (10-30%) on outer-shelf reefs
Low levels of coral disease and Drupella.
Compensation, penalties, costs and reinstatement of Peter Ridd are matters yet to be determined by the court.
Special thanks must go to Sky News, Gideon Rozner of IPA, James Dellingpole and Jennifer Marohasey and others for their articles and contribution to the funding of Peter Ridd’s appeal.