More green scaremongers held to account, as the green movement becomes even less credible than used-car salesmen:
SARAH Clarke, ABC TV News, January last year:
THE toxic wash-up from the major Brisbane flood is now swallowing Moreton Bay.Darren Kindleysides, Australian Marine Conservation Society: This could become a disaster for the wildlife of Moreton Bay.
Clarke: That wildlife includes the most southerly population of dugongs on the east coast and six species of turtle. All depend on the seagrass that is being suffocated by silt.
Kindleysides: Dugongs eat about 30kg of seagrass a day; that’s equivalent to about 60 lettuces. But when that food source goes we could see starvation for the dugongs.
Clarke: The implications for this pristine waterway could be felt for years.
Update … Ruben Meerman on ABC1’s Catalyst on Thursday:
SO how’s this seagrass looking now, Paul?
Paul Maxwell: We’ve been seeing the seagrasses on the western side of the bay have been doing a lot better in terms of their energy stores than the ones on the eastern side of the bay where it’s clearer. So it was a bit of a shock to us; we thought that the ones on the west where it’s dirtier were going to fall over a lot faster, but they didn’t do that.
Meerman: Yeah, that’s really surprising … That’s really weird.
Narration: The rich ecosystem of Moreton Bay also includes over 60 species of coral. Research scientist Andrew Olds is assessing how they’re faring.
Olds: The floods cause 2 to 10 per cent of the coral across Moreton Bay to bleach, and only a really small proportion of this, this bleached coral will actually die.
Ah well, there’s always next time. Meerman signs off:
THIS time Moreton Bay fared surprisingly well but with climate change we expect bigger floods more often. And while this ecosystem has proved more resilient than expected, nobody knows how much more it can take.
Unhappy feet … Melbourne newspaper The Age, May 17, 2008:
GLOBAL warming is causing significant changes to the Earth’s natural systems and it is highly unlikely that any force but human activity can be blamed … In Antarctica, the population of emperor penguins had declined by 50 per cent.
Happy feet … The Age last Saturday:
TWICE as many emperor penguins live in Antarctica than was previously thought, a satellite-mapping study has shown. The British Antarctic Survey researchers counted 595,000 birds, almost double previous estimates of between 270,000 and 350,000.
Scary feet … The Age continues:
SCIENTISTS are worried that in some regions of Antarctica, earlier spring warming is leading to loss of sea-ice habitat for emperor penguins, making their northerly colonies more vulnerable to climate change.
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.