July 20, 2019

Fertilizer, Pollution hurting Florida Coral Reefs, not Global Warming

Timothy Birdnow

Turns out the coral reef in Florida isn't being killed by Global Warming - it's regular old pollution.

According to Science Alerts:

Thirty years of research in the Looe Key Sanctuary Preservation Area (LKSPA) on the southern tip of the Florida Keys has now revealed the cost of a devastating threat to coral that rivals even climate change: direct human pollution.

For years, agricultural run-off and improperly treated sewage have flowed into Florida's ocean waters from the northern Everglades, elevating the sanctuary's nitrogen levels and lowering the reef's temperature threshold for bleaching, researchers say.

As a result of this deadly combination, coral cover in the region has declined from nearly 33 percent in 1984 to less than 6 percent in 2008.

In their analysis, the authors found that three mass bleaching events that occurred during these years only happened after heavy rainfall and increased land-based runoffs. In other words, if we can reduce the amount of local pollution that makes its way into our oceans, we might be able to reduce the worst of the damage.

Naturally the researchers - and the writers of the article - try to blame Global Warming as a prime cause of reef failure, but we can take that with a grain of salt. These articles ALWAYS kowtow to AGW alarmism, and researchers know what side their bread is buttered on.

Also from the article:

"Citing climate change as the exclusive cause of coral reef demise worldwide misses the critical point that water quality plays a role, too," saysecologistJames Porter from the University of Georgia

But that doesn't change the fact that these researchers found a powerful new influence. Oh, and the planet isn't warming, nor or the oceans. Argo probes show that.

Just another nail in the coffin of hysterical warmist rhetoric.


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