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Jennifer Marohasy: Fake Photographs at Heart of Peter Ridd’s Sacking

EARLY last year a professor of physics at James Cook University was sacked – after a successful career spanning some forty years. Peter Ridd had won many university awards, including the inaugural ‘Supervisor of the Year’, presumably nominated by one or more of his thirty-something PhD students. He published over 100 scientific papers and earned

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2019-03-24 10:51   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Two Truths at the Heart of Peter Ridd’s Sacking

FORMER James Cook University Professor Peter Ridd will be in the Brisbane Federal Court next week attempting to get his job back. The case may be fought on legal interpretations of his obligation as a university employee to be collegial and discrete versus his right to academic freedom. This avoids the need to consider the

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2019-03-19 01:18   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Hottest Summer in Australia was 1938/1939

THIS last summer has been hot in Australia. But was it the hottest ever? Summer 80 years ago was arguably as hot, if not hotter. Back then more ferocious bushfires burnt larger areas. Yet Australia’s Environment Minister, Melissa Price, recently claimed this summer’s bushfires as a consequence of climate change. I grew up with stories

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2019-03-12 02:25   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Jones at Rutherglen – More Cooling Generates Global Warming

COOLING the past relative to the present has the general effect of making the present appear hotter – it is a way of generating more global warming for the same weather. The Bureau of Meteorology has rewritten Australia’s temperature in this way for the second time in just six years – increasing the rate of

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2019-03-05 19:50   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Changes to Darwin’s Climate History are Not Logical

THE hubris of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology is on full display with its most recent remodelling of the historic temperature record for Darwin. The Bureau has further dramatically increased the rate of global warming at Darwin by further artificially lowering historic temperatures. This begins by shortening the historical temperature record so that it begins

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2019-02-22 15:49   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Bureau Rewrites History – Again, at Albany

THE Australian Bureau of Meteorology keeps remodelling the temperature record for Australia – and not just by a little bit. Temperatures are changed through a process known as homogenisation, and then changed again, sometimes by as much as 6.4 degrees Celsius for the one day. For example, on 8th February 1933 the maximum temperature as

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2019-02-15 21:14   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Season’s Greetings, Tuvalu and Thank You Mr Kelly

HALFWAY between Hawaii and Australia lies the tiny nation of Tuvalu, which according to popular mythology is slowly disappearing into the Pacific Ocean because of rising sea levels. Except a recent article at the ABC news website correctly explained that in the four decades to 2014, Tuvalu has actually grown by 73 hectares. How can

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2018-12-23 02:31   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: No Judge Available, Anymore, to Hear Peter Ridd Versus James Cook University

Peter Ridd’s trial was set-down to be heard over three days next week, beginning on Monday 12th November. Many of us have made plans to travel to Brisbane – booked and paid for accommodation – to simply be there, to support Peter as he takes on the institutions in his fight for truth, and some

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2018-11-05 02:24   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Denying Comment from Experts, from the Marine Geophysical Laboratory

IN the wake of the very high-profile launch of the WWF Save the Reef Campaign in June 2001, there was a flurry of newspaper articles. They uncritically reported the WWF claim that sediment was literally smothering the corals of the Great Barrier Reef – all the fault of farmers, whose activities needed to be better

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2018-11-04 23:11   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: The Prince and His Dump Trucks

THE World Wide Fund for Nature’s ‘Save the Reef’ Campaign was launched on 6th June 2001, which was World Environment Day that year. There was no forewarning. I woke-up that morning to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation explaining how many ‘dump trucks’ of mud sugarcane farmers where apparently off-loading onto Great Barrier Reef corals. It was

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2018-11-02 11:52   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: No Mud on My Barnacles

I lived for three years, from 2009 to 2012, in a delightful house just up from Lammermoor Beach with a view across to Great Keppel Island. Lammermoor Beach is part of the Mackay/Capricorn Management Area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Like many of the beaches along north eastern Australia, Lammermoor is aptly described

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2018-10-31 20:53   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Peter Ridd Versus the Clowns of Reef Science

THERE is science, and then there is activism in the name of science. How can we tell them apart: the activism versus the real science – and does it matter? Some would argue that activism is more important than science, to ensure the protection of the environment. After all, many would argue that economic interests

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2018-10-28 21:10   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Can Universities Lawfully Bully Academics into Silence?

Dr Peter Ridd has taken James Cook University to court protesting his sacking for what he says is, primarily, speaking-out about the lack of quality assurance in Great Barrier Reef science. Dr Ridd spoke out initially about there being no quality assurance of Great Barrier Reef science – science that is arguably misused to secure

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2018-06-19 02:52   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: University Professor Sacked for Telling-the-Truth

BACK in 2016, when I asked Peter Ridd if he would write a chapter for the book I was editing I could not possibly have envisaged it could contribute to the end of his thirty-year career as a university professor. Considering that Peter enrolled at James Cook University as an undergraduate back in 1978, he

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2018-05-18 19:01   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Guilty of Agreeing to Meet with Scott Pruitt

SCOTT Pruitt heads the US Environmental Protection Agency. Last year he was planning to visit Australia, and the proposed agenda did include a two-hour roundtable with me and colleagues from three Australian universities. Some of this is reported today in The Guardian. Along with the inference I’m a nutter – because I have accused the

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2018-05-04 07:10   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Wine and Climate Change in Australia – Journalist Michael Brissenden Just Makes Stuff-Up

MICHAEL Brissenden, considered one of Australia’s most experienced journalists, failed on so many counts with the Four Corners documentary ‘Weather Alert’. He suggested that wine grower’s Brown Brothers are relocating at least part of their business to Tasmania because it is too hot in Victoria, which is untrue. He also failed to explain to the

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2018-04-26 08:34   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Complaint Lodged Against Four Corners’ Weather Alert

JO NOVA began a recent blog post” After years of telling skeptics that you don’t ask a plumber to do heart surgery, the ABC “Weather Alert! last Monday was 90% plumbers. The formerly iconic FourCorners “public affairs” show crafted a 43 minute advertisement for the Renewables Industry and Carbon Trading Bankers and the Green Blob.

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2018-03-13 06:40   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Sarah Ferguson and Michael Brissenden Withhold Important Information from the Australian Public Concerning Climate Change

Australian politicians, and the media they sponsor, have been throwing their hands in the air and screaming unprecedented climate change – particularly over the last two weeks. A focus has been on the record number of new record hot days. But in all of this, there is no mention that the method used to actually

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2018-03-06 04:55   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: ‘Kill Climate Deniers’ – Now Showing at a Sydney Theatre

JUST two generations back, in the 1960s, mainstream Australian society shunned both unmarried pregnant women and also homosexuals. They were loathed, and it would have been considered reasonable for the local police to turn-a-blind eye should misfortune befall members of either group – should they be killed. In my opinion, human-beings are not naturally hateful,

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2018-03-05 06:44   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: BoM Blast for Dubious Record Hot Day

IN September 2017, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) claimed a series of new record hot days across south eastern Australia, including on 23 September at Mildura. At that time, the mainstream media reported this as a new record for the state of Victoria, specifically claiming it was the hottest September day ever recorded –

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2018-02-11 05:15   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Peter Ridd Asks for your Help – Now

PROFESSOR Peter Ridd is a physicist at James Cook University who has dared to question scientific findings that purport to show the Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. Specifically, he has been formally censured by the University and told to remain quiet about the matter – or risk his job. The issue dates back to

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2018-02-01 00:52   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Avoid Fake News: Listen to Alternative Perspectives

IT was all over the news this morning: Pope Francis condemning ‘fake news’, which he defined as: The spreading of disinformation… It has to do with false information based on non-existent or distorted data meant to deceive and manipulate the reader. In fact, the Pope is guilty of exactly what he preaches against, particularly with

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2018-01-25 01:20   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Already Hottest January on Record for St Helens, Tasmania

LAST week, Andrew Johnson, CEO of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, wrote that the Bureau’s “stewardship of Australia’s temperature record” had been found to be scientifically sound [1]. He also claimed it was in accordance with World Meteorological Organisation guidelines. In fact, it’s not. If it was scientifically sound, or in accordance with WMO guidelines,

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2018-01-22 02:24   Click to comment


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