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Delingpole: Climate Skeptic Professor Fired for Telling the Truth About the Great Barrier Reef

May 21, 2018

By Paul Homewood



From Breitbart:



An Australian professor has been fired for telling the truth about the Great Barrier Reef: that it’s not being destroyed by man-made climate change and that the “science” claiming otherwise is bunk.

Until this week Peter Ridd was Professor of Physics at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. But he has now been fired after a long battle with the university authorities.

The official reason given for his sacking is that he “engaged in a pattern of conduct that misrepresents the nature and conduct of the disciplinary process through publi­cations online and in the media”.

Ridd, however, contends that this was just a pretext. His real “crime” in the university’s eyes was to stick up for honest science and to refuse to back down just to conform with the establishment’s alarmist orthodoxy.

On the fundraising site, where he is trying to raise money for his legal battle against the university, he writes:

On 2 May, 2018, I received a letter from James Cook University (JCU) terminating my employment. JCU have sacked me because I dared to fight the university and speak the truth about science and the Great Barrier Reef.

Ridd is right. There is copious scientific evidence to suggest that the “Great Barrier Reef in crisis” narrative, heavily touted by the liberal media, is a false one.

You can read why it’s not in trouble here and here.

Ridd himself has studied the subject extensively. As he told Fox News:

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.

Reefs that are supposedly smothered by dredging sediment actually contain great coral. And mass bleaching events along the reef that supposedly serve as evidence of permanent human-caused devastation are almost certainly completely natural and even cyclical.

These allegedly major catastrophic effects that recent science says were almost unknown before the 1980s are mainly the result of a simple fact: large-scale marine science did not get started on the reef until the 1970s.

By a decade later, studies of the reef had exploded, along with the number of marine biologists doing them. What all these scientists lacked, however, was historical perspective. There are almost no records of earlier eras to compare with current conditions. Thus, for many scientists studying reef problems, the results are unprecedented, and almost always seen as catastrophic and even world-threatening.

The only problem is that it isn’t so. 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. However, it largely regrows within a decade to its former glory. Some parts of the southern reef, for example, have seen a tripling of coral in six years after they were devastated by a particularly severe cyclone.

Reefs have similarities to Australian forests, which require periodic bushfires. It looks terrible after the bushfire, but the forests always regrow. The ecosystem has evolved with these cycles of death and regrowth.

Unfortunately, this clashed with the views of several of his colleagues at James Cook University. As Jo Nova reports, what particularly irked the University authorities was when he wrote this:

”…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, the science 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.”

The ARC Centre of Excellence is part of James Cook University. So, as you can imagine, this went down like a cup of cold sick with his colleagues. There is a lot of funding riding on the Great Barrier Reef scare narrative. Ridd’s remarks may be truthful but as far as the university is concerned they are not helpful.

But Ridd believes his duty above all is to honest science. As he writes at his site:

In an era of dangerous group think in science, academic freedom and scientific integrity is increasingly under attack.

James Cook has virtually limitless resources to fight this case.

Ridd is just one brave, lonely whistleblower dependent on the public’s generosity.

  1. Robert Fairless permalink
    May 21, 2018 1:20 pm

    I thought the Australians had more common sense but obviously they have also been infected by the bug of pseudo science and the folly of false religion.

  2. May 21, 2018 1:36 pm

    It seems the University prefers to chase the dollars on offer to generate scare stories about the GBR, rather than do genuine scientific research.

  3. May 21, 2018 1:43 pm

    Almost all so-called “institutions of higher learning” now subscribe to this. We have reached a time where “academic freedom” has given way to absolute “authoritarianism” from the left running them. Their dictate is, not only will you adhere to it, you will like it.

  4. Joe Public permalink
    May 21, 2018 1:44 pm

    The absolute destruction of the GBR is discussed in great detail here:

  5. NeilC permalink
    May 21, 2018 1:48 pm

    He is just about to hit the target, within the next hour, of AU$ 260,000 in just a few days. I hope it does him well. Real science will win eventually. I noticed there was even a donation from a “JCU” employee, made me smile.

    • Bitter@twisted permalink
      May 21, 2018 5:54 pm

      Yes, I donated to his fund, so have been watching with interest.
      The fight is on!

  6. May 21, 2018 1:49 pm

    All physicists around the world should get together to condemn the sacking of a fellow member for telling scientific truth.

    • Bitter@twisted permalink
      May 21, 2018 5:55 pm

      That would be nice but, to date, their silence has been deafening.

  7. Jack Broughton permalink
    May 21, 2018 2:01 pm

    He might be able to use the BBC programme, broadcast today about global warming. A “reef-expert” having followed the standard global warming disaster line, admitted that the root-cause of loss of coral reefs was fishing policies, and where these had been implemented (Mauritius I think), the coral recovered.

    He also admitted that past failings of coral-reefs had occurred …… before the world started to overheat! and that the history of coral-reefs was very recent.

    If the BBC had known he would deviate from their brainwashing path, he would not have been allowed to broadcast. His views will no doubt be publicised as proof of damage but without any of the caveats that he mentioned.

  8. Tony Budd permalink
    May 21, 2018 2:08 pm

    Nothing changes – Galileo had the same problem, didn’t he? Maybe the Sun revolves around JCU…

  9. May 21, 2018 2:15 pm

    He’s only $2k short of the target now.

  10. rapscallion permalink
    May 21, 2018 2:27 pm

    I’ve already donated for the 2nd time, and if necessary I’l do it a 3rd, 4th or 5th time, In fact however many times it takes.

    i can’t help but think that if JCU feels that no further contribution can be make to studying reefs – because it won’t allow what Peter Ridd has to say, they are in effect saying the “science is settled”

    in which case they need no further funding.

    I’d like to see them weasel their way out of that one !

  11. May 21, 2018 3:31 pm

    As in ‘State of Fear’ by Michael Crichton,
    “Universities today are factories of fear. They invent all the new terrors and all the new social anxieties. All the new restrictive codes. Words you can’t say. Thoughts you can’t think. They produce a steady stream of new anxieties, dangers, and social terrors to be used by politicians, lawyers and reporters.”

    • Rowland P permalink
      May 22, 2018 9:28 am

      Great book – essential reading as the saying goes.

  12. swan101 permalink
    May 21, 2018 4:05 pm

    Reblogged this on UPPER SONACHAN WIND FARM.

  13. Schrodinger's Cat permalink
    May 21, 2018 6:16 pm

    Jack B – Thanks for the summary of the BBC prog. I didn’t watch it out of respect for my blood pressure. The series runs all week for those who can stand Beeb brainwashing, though it sounds as though their first candidate forgot to read the rules. He won’t be invited back.

  14. mikeo28 permalink
    May 21, 2018 9:20 pm

    I am an older Australian who remembers the first time the media was full of the great threat to the Great Barrier Reef. It was the Crown of Thorns starfish which was purported to be eating the reef. They do predate the reef but the alarm at the time the 1960s I think was extraordinary. After that funding flowed to those that would study threats to the reef. I am not sure whether it is the case but JCU was founded in 1961. So we have another organism that feeds off the reef which for its very survival must keep to the narrative that the reef is doomed. Since then there have been a number of doomsday threats to the reef and I sometimes think surely the reef must be gone by now. The acidic ocean threat which seems to have gone now was a doozy!

    Prof Peter Ridd first came to my notice when I read an article by him about the reef quite some time ago. Something never seem to be quite right for me about warming oceans was a problem. Since corals very much tend to grow where the water is warm. There seemed to be no evidence that the sea surface temperature was changing rapidly. The other thing was the reef was drowning because of sea level rise, again that does not seem to affected corals in the past they simply grew and adapted. Prof Ridd confirmed my doubts the best thing you can do for the Great Barrier Reef is to raise the sea surface temperature and sea level.

    I do not see there can be any resolution to this dispute. The truth of the matter is most likely that JCU does not have as a reason for being. Its lifeblood is the GBR so any threat to the funding that flows from continually supporting a doomsday approach about it is vital. The role is past its use by date and it should be defunded as should our government broadcaster the ABC. The ABC has become the propaganda arm of all such Australian causes. My advice to Prof Ridd is he must move on since he has discovered one of the many areas where science is corrupt and it cannot be cured.

  15. May 21, 2018 10:05 pm

    Ridd top Oz science man
    Bolt Top Oz media man

  16. Geoff Sherrington permalink
    May 22, 2018 5:06 am

    In 1962, JCU took in its first students, the foundation class. In 1963, I joined that class in its second year. Staff were so short that we 3rd year students in 1964 were asked to help demonstrate Science to the new 1st year class. The air was full of excitement, hopes, enthusiasm and above all, learning. At lectures, P J Stephenson was masterful for Geology, Chemistry had Prof Geoff Richards by 1964, plus Ernie Senogles, Les Power, J T Baker, Bert Hoveling and more. Many of the Chemistry lecturers and students attended our wedding in May of that year. Many of these early graduates rose to quite senior positions in society, though the University concept was not at all well known in Australia back then.

    Now, in 2018, we see ingredients of a major disgrace. The Australian public knows much more about the meaning of University and many people have thoughts of reputations and functions in mind. The Press has been busy informing by gossip and invention mostly, while rags like The Conversation blog pump away diligently, using taxpayer funds in part to spread slanted views and frivolous waffle. Much of what is written for the public … ” is coming out not properly checked, tested or replicated and this is a great shame because we really need to be able to trust …”

    A recent communication to the Vice-Chancellor, offering my help to ways out of this festering mess, received a short, curt reply from a servant, inviting me to keep out.

    It is sad. Hubris rules. Public image dominates Scientific excellence. Funding must be preserved. The Holy Grail of free and open scientific discourse is under strong threat, again, this time at my alma mater in North Queensland. Never mind that the place is remote; remember that the principles of the drive to attainment of proper Science must stand paramount.

    Otherwise, we all wither and die the poorer.


  17. Hivemind permalink
    May 22, 2018 7:47 am

    James Cook University, 1962 – 2018

  18. May 22, 2018 8:48 am

    Disgraceful University that also brought us the line that 99% of scientists agree with AGW. Interestingly fired the Professor a week after getting in on AUD $280 million of ‘Save the Reef’ funds from a stupid and gullible governments latest budget.
    If you ask those who have worked on the reef for decades there is no issue. The reef is always changing and regenerating, just as similar reefs do in Fiji.
    This university is just choc full of deceitful and untruthful rent seekers scaring the planet about the wholesale destruction of a reef that is not occurring. They have had Price Charles, Obama and anyone else shallow enough to swallow their nonsense thus building a worldwide list of influential group thinkers.

  19. adrianvance permalink
    May 22, 2018 9:39 pm

    Read “CO2 Is Innocent” at and clip-copy, print, take to a Chemistry or Physics teacher for authentication of chemistry, stoichiometry and physics, do the demo-experiment for a few Dollars and see for yourself that CO2 additions to the atmosphere on the order of those expected do not raise the temperature of air and we explain why. Anthropogenic global warming is panic pushing propaganda promoting political power.

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