Bishop shows she’s all at sea on climate science

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Bishop shows she’s all at sea on climate science

The Age – Letters

Depending on your viewpoint, the timing of the Good Weekend cover story on Julie Bishop (“Iron Maiden”, 22/11) was either exquisite or excruciating. No doubt written and printed before her New York interview with Latika Bourke (“Obama wrong on threat to the Great Barrier Reef, says Julie Bishop”, 22/11), the iron maiden unable to put a foot wrong has firmly succumbed to foot-in-mouth syndrome with her gentle rebuke to US President Barack Obama and her claim that the Great Barrier Reef is not threatened by climate change. Climate change includes increased acidification of the oceans as the excess CO2 in the atmosphere is absorbed into the oceans (including the Coral Sea in which the reef is located). Her assertions that the only dangers facing the reef are nutrient run-off and natural disasters suggest a need to seek tutoring from cabinet colleague Malcolm Turnbull to bring her up to speed. Was it only 20 years ago that another Bishop was being touted as a female Liberal prime minister?

Climate patterns and their influence on the Great Barrier Reef

New research is shedding light on the nature and causes of climate variability on Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef (GBR), which is on the precipice of major and deleterious change in the decades ahead as our climate warms. Large-scale climate patterns such as El Niño, La Niña and less well known variants of these termed “El Niño/La Niña Modoki” are influencing the GBR in much more complex ways than previously thought.


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