Caribbean Coral Reef Die-Off Not Caused By Climate Change After All, Expert Report Writes!
Weather it’s war, rape, storms, depression, etc., there’s almost nothing that doesn’t get blamed on CO2 nowadays.
One of the favorites in the climate blame-game is the alleged dying off of coral reefs. However, that is also turning out to be false. The online Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes today that climate change is not responsible for the dying off of the Caribbean coral reefs after all, citing a report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The IUCN writes (emphasis added):
Climate change has long been thought to be the main culprit in coral degradation. While it does pose a serious threat by making oceans more acidic and causing coral bleaching, the report shows that the loss of parrotfish and sea urchin – the area’s two main grazers – has, in fact, been the key driver of coral decline in the region. An unidentified disease led to a mass mortality of the sea urchin in 1983 and extreme fishing throughout the 20th century has brought the parrotfish population to the brink of extinction in some regions. The loss of these species breaks the delicate balance of coral ecosystems and allows algae, on which they feed, to smother the reefs. […]
‘Even if we could somehow make climate change disappear tomorrow, these reefs would continue their decline,’ says Jeremy Jackson, lead author of the report and IUCN’s senior advisor on coral reefs.”
Surprise. Another climate myth gets debunked.
Climate change: “an excuse for doing nothing”
Next is a nice video featuring the report’s lead author Jeremy Jackson who explains the significance of the report. He makes a surprising comment on climate change.
At the 3.48 mark, Jackson states:
There’s nothing in my report, except the realization that climate change hadn’t been as severe as we feared so far. It’s new. The fact and the thing about climate change is that it is an excuse for doing nothing. You know if it’s all those goddamn gringos in the north that made things bad, then I don’t have to do my job.”
He’s right. What Jackson hopefully will realize soon is that with just a tiny fraction of the money that is spent on the bogus problem of climate, it would likely be enough to solve all the Caribbean coral reef problems.