They never give up: "global warming" to increase toxic bacteria

Bacteria for breakfast

You have to admire their persistence. Fairfax and AFP continually churn out stories like this, regurgitated from press releases without a shred of critical thought. Latest “we’re all gonna die” scare is an increase in toxic bacteria and algae in the sea, and note how when it suits their purpose, they revert to to the discredited term “global warming”, but when it doesn’t, it’s “climate change”…

Global warming could spur the growth of toxic algae and bacteria in the world’s seas and lakes, with an impact that could be felt in 10 years, US scientists said Saturday.

Studies have shown that shifts brought about by climate change make ocean and freshwater environments more susceptible to toxic algae blooms and allow harmful microbes and bacteria to proliferate, according to researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In one study, NOAA scientists modeled [ah, the wonderful GIGO computer model comes to the rescue – Ed] future ocean and weather patterns to predict the effect on blooms of Alexandrium catenella, or the toxic “red tide,” which can accumulate in shellfish and cause severe symptoms, including paralysis, in humans who eat the contaminated seafood.

“Our projections indicate that by the end of the 21st century, blooms may begin up to two months earlier in the year and persist for one month later compared to the present-day time period of July to October,” said Stephanie Moore, one of the scientists who worked on the study.

But the impact could be felt well before the end of this century — as early as 2040, she said at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“Changes in the harmful algal bloom season appear to be imminent. We expect a significant increase in Puget Sound (off the coast of Washington state where the study was conducted) and similar at-risk environments within 30 years, possibly by the next decade,” said Moore. (source)

There never seems to be any regard for the self-regulating processes that happen in nature. Just remember the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which pumped billions of litres of toxic oil into the sea. The eco-tards were predicting an environmental catastrophe (natch), but what happened?

The BP spill offered an “accidental experiment” that showed particular bacteria with an all-methane diet multiplied quickly as the methane spread with the underwater plume from the broken well. Peak consumption of methane probably came in late July and early August, Valentine said.

Other organisms dealt with other hydrocarbons, including ethane and propane emitted in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The methane-eating bacteria were the last to the hydrocarbon banquet, and based on past observation, the scientists questioned whether they could do the job. (source)


  1. The Loaded Dog says:

    There is only one solution to this horrendous matter…

    They need more money right?

  2. Mervyn Sullivan says:

    Here we go again…

    “Global warming could spur the growth of toxic algae and bacteria in the world’s seas and lakes, with an impact that could be felt in 10 years, US scientists said Saturday.”

    … Global warming could spur the growth…
    … the impact could be felt well before the end of this century?

    There’s that word again… COULD! And note the alarmist exaggeration!

    What does it all mean? Clearly the scientists mean they really don’t know!

    This being the case, it is yet another dud study, paid for by taxpayer funded grants, which they had to justify the cost by producing such feeble findings … qualified with that word COULD!

    The study is not worth the paper it is written on. It is just another contribution in trying to persuade the public that the IPCC mantra is credible. Well it isn’t.

    Readers should refer to the recently published report titled “Carbon Dioxide and Earth’s Future: Pursuing the Prudent Path” by Craig and Sherwood Idso located at:

    This 168 page report debunks similar silly nonsense by reference to an impressive amount of peer reviewed scientific literature that demonstrates these type of scary stories are baseless. As the last paragraph concludes:

    “We humans, as stewards of the earth, have got to get our priorities straight. We must do all that we possibly can, in order to preserve nature by helping to feed humanity and raise living standards the world over; and to do so successfully, we have got to let the air’s CO2 content maintain its natural upward course for many decades to come. This is the prudent path we must pursue.”

  3. Lew Skannen says:

    The way these guys tell it the planet is a highly fragile thing just barely teetering on a knife edge of existence. If we even breathe on it it will probably collapse into oblivion.
    I wonder how it survived the five billion years before we arrived…

  4. They are learning. Note the timeline to occur within peoples lifetime, instead of the usual 100, 200, 1000 years into the future.


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