Richard Black seems hell bent on telling us that the oceans are turning acid. Two days ago, he posted this, and now, today, he’s added this – he faithfully and uncritically recycles alarmist predictions that clownfish are going to choke to death because of rising CO2. These clown researchers are being paid to find problems like this, and they do so, using their ju-ju models that predict doom on every level.

Other more rational and less politically motivated souls look coolly and calmly at the evidence. First, rising carbon dioxide levels are good for us and good for the planet because the trace gas enhances plant growth. This is a long report, but well worth a read.

Second, the measurement of ocean “acidification” (whatever Mr Black chooses to call this process) does not support the idea of catastrophic change, even on IPCC projections – it only happens in laboratories deliberately set up to pander to alarmist fantasies. And third, even if there is significant change, there is abundant evidence that life on coral reefs adapts to the changed ecology.

Mr Black is clearly impervious to any contrary facts, is determined to maintain an alarmist paradigm and selectively ignores evidence that does not accord with his own extreme political views. My observations about him are repetitious because he is manically repetitious. But I will not let go because it is a disgrace that our money is being used to support him in his deliberately one-sided campaign.

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26 Responses to CLOWN PRINCE

  1. My Site (click to edit) says:

    Keep up the good work Robin. The one-sidedness of their ‘climate change’ reporting is the type of BBC bias that needs to be exposed the most, and I would recommend that people complain to the BBC trust on each occasion that they hear such opinions being reported as fact.

    The ‘Greens’ are by far the most dangerous of all the modern-day totalitarian political movements.  


  2. Asuka Langley Soryu says:

    Oh my God, we’re killing Nemo. We must go back to Medieval lifestyle in order to save the cute cartoon fishy.


    • Demon1001 says:

      Is it a co-incidence that they have chosen to highlight a fish that people now think is cute, even if most had never heard of a clownfish prior to Nemo.  Black and his Greenies are nothing if not cunning. 


      • RGH says:

        A while back, in the Guardian, in discussing the plight of the panda, the first emblematic ‘cuddly’ of the environmentalists, the following emerged which tends to support Demon1001, observation:

        “Of course, it’s easier to raise money for something fluffy. Charismatic megafauna like the panda do appeal to people’s emotional side, and attract a lot of public attention. They are emblematic of what I would call single-species conservation: ie a focus on one animal.”

        Polar bear….fluffy and photogenic (particularly when juvenile)

        Panda…..the eyes

        Naked mole rats………..No!

        But clown fish are stars and readily wheeled out to make an emotional inpact in the primary school world of emotionalism utilised by the activist science community.

        A while back acidified sea water made the clown fish babies lose the ability to smell their predators

        ‘they face a wall of mouths’  Richard Black on clown fish some months ago

        now they are going to suffer hearing impairment on the basis of aquarium experiments with carbonated sea water and loudspeakers.

        Ye Gods!


  3. Natsman says:

    The BBC are really hammering home their pet climate change project at the moment – now Mr. Harrabin thinks that extracting shale gas causes earthquakes.

    They appear to be saying to us all that we mustn’t have energy, unless it’s via windturbine. Nuclear, coal, oil, shale gas, in fact anything we’ve discovered or invented tp provide us with real energy is a no-no. And not a dissenter in sight. Of course the science is settled, and there is no debate. Auntie knows best…

    I’m heartily sick and tired of their climate change agenda being injected into almost everything they broadcast.


    • Roland Deschain says:

      Every time they mention shale gas I see that picture of people lighting their taps.  They never mention that there are many ways flammable gases can get into the water supply, they just let the impression be given that it must be shale gas.

      If I didn’t trust the BBC’s impartiality more, I might think there was an agenda.


      • RGH says:

        The flammable gas phenomenon that has been readily flagged up by the greenie activists (and the BBC) has, as intended, gone viral. The ‘oft repeated’ and unexamined becomes the received impression. Who wants their tap water to ignite?

        The much repeated (the BBC still mentions it) inflammable tap water has long since been examined. The water comes from boreholes that go through natural coal seams in the former coal mining area. The aquifer is itself picking up the ‘coal gas’ ie coal damp and with the reduction of pressure bubbles out of solution.

        Nothing, absolutely nothing to do with deep shalle fracking many thousands of feet below under impervious shale layers.

        But the image is out there and any minor tremor is automatically (by association) the fault of the drilling.


    • Backwoodsman says:

      In that case, Houston, we have a problem!
      “Germany for instance have circa 23,000 MW of windmills installed,latest figures show that in january they managed to produce 0.5% of this.”


      • David Preiser (USA) says:

        Merkel is shutting down their nuclear industry anyway.  They all firmly believe that solar and wind will produce enough energy to replace it by 2020.  Whatever fiscal sence Merkel and the Germans had before seems to go right out the window when it comes to religious belief.


        • Grant says:

          It is ironic that the Krauts will have to rely on the Ruskies to bail them out !  Ironic and stupid.


          • David Preiser (USA) says:

            Bail them out?  More like start kissing ass or Putin will turn off the gas.


  4. john says:

    It is because of BBC Environment Correspondents like Black that I am grateful for the likes of Robin.

    Whilst I have no particular expertise in the oceans and the things that swim in it, I know when something is fishy.
    Barracuda Black is but one example of bias at the BBC, add in all the edgy left-wing comedians, anti-Israel/UK, pro-Islam etc, perhaps you will understand why I am a founder member of the Television Watchers Against Tax Society.
    Embarrassingly, the very angry BBC use our acronym when refering to us : TWATS.

    Funnily enough it’s not a bad description of Black and his cohorts.


  5. Phil says:

    Black is an employee. He probably has to show he has parroted all the new AGW buzzwords enough times to get a satisfactory appraisal.

    There’s no reason to believe that Black believes all the rubbish he spouts. He does what his employer requires like the rest of us. He might as well take the cash. If he quit the BBC would just get someone else to do the job.

    The BBC’s paymaster, the government, has a lot of tax income riding on the back of the AGW scam. It’ll be watching to see the corporation toes the line and faithfully mentions every new scare. Black is just the lackey given the job of doing this.


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      Actually, there’s every reason to believe that Black believes it all wholeheartedly.  When not doing such yeoman work for the BBC, he’s an activist who makes presentations to others on how to report the issues correctly and chairs Warmist conferences.


  6. Cassandra King says:

    Black is probably too thick to notice his reports are just rehash copies of previous reports.

    Greenpiss or fiends of the earth or whatever ecofascist greenshirt gang happens to need a scare story published hust fax over the complete faked up trash to Black who copy and pastes it onto his own site.

    Why do they need Black at all? It just allows the eco fruits an arms length deniable outlet.


  7. Chris says:

    For some reason I have the impression that warmer sea water is less capable of absorbing carbon dioxide then colder sea water.


  8. cjhartnett says:

    I`m getting confused with my Blacks,Rowlatts, Harrabins,Watts etc.
    At least Philbins, Hanns,Rodds, Baxters,Bellamys were distinguishable.Never thought at the time that Maggie was as good as recent science was going to get once  shown on the telly.
    In that spirit, Ive decided to name the current crop Green-they`re all related anyway…whether it Justin ,Gavin or Jemima is up for debate…but they`re all Greens to me.
    With all due respect to Hughies and money creating ones like Philip of course..who are NOT related!)


  9. Mailman says:

    Come on guys, lets be honest here and embrace Mann Made Global Warming ™, because the sooner Mann Made Global Warming ™ turns the UK in to a tropical paradise the better! 🙂


  10. Gerald says:

    Not sure if it is possible to link to DT items but top of page 6 on Monday contained a very intersting item on non-man made climate change which should worry the windmill eco fraternity and possibly the CRU too.


  11. ian says:

    More carbon dioxide in the sea can only be a good thing. It will make the sea fizzy.


    • cjhartnett says:

      “Simplicity is genius”-Ron Greenwood!
      Does Lennons Lucy in the Sky merit a rewrite in honour of global boiling?…something about lemonade seas perhaps?
      Got to be better than anything that hopeless mother of 1000 fakes of a wife of his could manage!
      “Imagine no possessions”…written above the baggage carousel at Speke(or John Lennon International as we`re supposed to call it!)


  12. TooTrue says:

    They were also on about carbon dioxide and deaf clown fish endlessly on the World Service today.

    Though in blissful ignorance of the science involved here, it seems to me really bogus to pump carbon dioxide into a tank of clown fish and claim you’ve conducted an experiment remotely connected to reality.

    I’m happy to accept that the BBC is promoting a massive con here simply because they do so with practically everything else they touch.


  13. John Horne Tooke says:

    “But I will not let go because it is a disgrace that our money is being used to support him in his deliberately one-sided campaign.”

    Well said Robin. Black is a disgrace, not only to science but to journalism.


  14. Richard Pinder says:

    Mensa members have also made an angry complaint to the morons at the BBC. These comments come from the Mensa Space special interest group complaint to the BBC Trust. (1).Surprisingly the most blatantly biased statement by the BBC said that “Anthropogenic Global Warming is a fact” the IPCC using an assumption says “very likely” and the BBC which claims to be impartial says “fact“. This also does not come from the Royal Society. This evidence proves that the BBC takes a more extremely Biased view than the IPCC or the Royal Society and conflicts with the BBC Trusts claim that impartiality is important. (2).Over the first 80 years that Ice Cores are formed CO2 is absorbed by cold water, there has been 180 years of Atmospheric CO2 gas analysis by chemical methods (Beck, 2007). This means that from 1810 to 1930 we have both Ice core and direct measurements of CO2 in the Atmosphere. This shows that ice cores have CO2 levels about 40 percent lower than the original atmosphere (Jaworowski, 2007). This also shows that CO2 levels were 470ppm in 1828 and 290ppm in 1888.