The strong evidence-based consensus among climate scientists is that the global climate is changing, and that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are the dominant cause. This science is accepted by leading Australian energy companies BHP and AGL.
These websites provide climate information for coral reefs:
Climate change in Australia (CSIRO & BoM)
Scientists at the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station study the impact of cyclones and surges in sea temperature. An increase of just one or two degrees can cause corals to bleach and die. Other scientists explore how life on the Reef will be affected by increasing CO2 emissions. They lead to ocean acidification and rising sea levels. Lizard Island researchers accept the climate science consensus, even though they do not themselves claim deep knowledge of the underlying data, change factors and model algorithms.
I’m with the consensus; (a) because the more I learn about climate science the more it makes sense; and (b) because I consider the opposing view that climate science is a conspiracy and falsehood perpetrated by thousands of scientists and peer-reviewed research papers to be implausible.
I respect my friends who have different views. Scepticism plays a constructive role in science. It is totally OK to seek confirmation of data and scientific logic. Eventually, sound science will prevail. It can be frustratingly slow, but its the only path to achieve global political action on emissions. However, science is not well served when healthy scepticism degenerates into unsupported denial of evidence and calling scientists liars, hoaxers, frauds and bedwetters.
Views of LIRRF donors reflect those of the broader community. Some accept the consensus. Some are sceptics. Some (like me) seek independent understanding and are quickly overwhelmed by the complexity of climate science. Fortunately there are countless other reasons to support research on the Reef – including at least one for each of the species that live there.