Coral Bleaching Claimed as 'Fake News'
US-based journalist with ties to Trump calls 'fake news'
What's going on here?
A British journalist, James Delingpole, has denounced to the world that news regarding bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef was "just a fake news lie designed to promote the climate alarmist agenda."
What does it mean?
Reacting badly to an article in the Washington Post entitled "Humans are killing the Great Barrier Reef..." James Delingpole hit out at climate change. Not for the first time, but it is part of a disturbing wave of media (especially in the USA) denouncing climate change as made up.
Climate change is the biggest scam in the history of the world - James Delingpole
Let's look at the science. Coral is bleached when the temperature of the ocean is abnormally high for an extended period of time. This puts the coral under stress and they excrete the algae that provides them with such vivid colouration. On 3 separate occasions, mass coral bleaching has occurred (1998, 2002, 2016) and it looks like 2017 is set to be the fourth.
Why should I care?
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world. It is the largest coral reef system in the world and consists of over 2,900 separate reefs, stretching over 1,600 miles, 411 types of hard coral and over 1/3rd of the world's soft corals. It can bring in $6 billion and 69,000 jobs to the Queensland economy; not to mention it is home to over 1,500 species of fish.
Most of the coral requires 10 to 15 years after bleaching to recover and after the incident in 2016, 25% of all corals on the reef died.
On the left; 2014, Non-bleached Coral. On the right; 2016, Bleached Coral.
The BIGGER picture
Since Trump entered the White House there have been numerous incidents (that look to continue) where members of his advisory group have sought to shut-down any talk about climate change and environmental impact of fossil fuels. James Delingpole's old boss is now Trump's chief strategist.
It is more than just denying climate change, it is denying people choice, freedom of speech and access to facts. USA points its finger at North Korea for heavily censoring their news. Has Trump forced America onto the same slippery slope?
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