Divers say less than 5% of Great Barrier Reef is dead, not half

A team of divers is pushing back on a so-called second mass bleaching event occurring on the Great Barrier Reef, which media reports said affected 50 to 60 percent of Cape York region.

Scientists from the government-funded ARC center also found a 35 percent mortality rate, with an ultimate death toll topping 90 percent.

That’s prompted local dive operators, who physically visit the reef each day, to survey the hardest hit parts. They only found between one and five percent damage.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which oversees the 1,250-mile-long structure, also added on their website there were still a great many reefs with abundant living coral for tourists to view, but it was imperative the world acts and carries out the “Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The local divers, however, used their own money and spent two weeks surveying 28 sites on 24 outer reef shelves ARC said were decimated.

They found the reefs looked identical to how they did twenty years ago. Despite alarmist headlines of a mass bleaching event, they found no changes in two decades.

They said the discrepancy between what they found (five percent damage) and what was being reported was “phenomenal.”

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    G

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    The underlying assumption with man-made climate change activists is that die-offs in all reefs are unnatural and therefore, man-induced. The same analogy applies to changes in coastline destruction and formation, sea ice changes, forest turnover, etc. And it all goes back to the carefully chosen ambiguous cause of “climate change”.

    The ruse is to have skeptics SOUND like they believe the climate never changes. Absurd. It’s a malicious semantic game played by the far-left intended to bypass very significant and meaningful considerations to go straight to their failed premise that if something “changes”, it must be caused by man. This is further extrapolated to infer that socialist governance and economics are the “solution” to this dubious “scientific” problem.

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      Sonnyhill

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      On the Canadian side of Lake Erie is a 20 mile long sand spit called Long Point. It was formed from the ice-melt run-off after the Ice Age. Local farms are bisected with deep ravines that donated to Long Point ‘s creation. The Long Point Biosphere is recognized by the United Nations. Go figure.

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    David Lewis

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    Warming alarmists have no choice but to be bad in history. That is because history doesn’t support their agenda.

    We have had the Medieval Warming Period and Roman Warming Period. Both were warmer than today. The Great Barrier Reef is thousands of years old. That means it survived warmer climate that we have now.

    I suspect that ARC center is similar to the US NOAA organization in that it is nothing more than an environmentalist political activist organization that will produce false data to support its causes.

    I have a lot of educational back ground in the sciences. When possible, one item even more important than peer review is to have an independent researcher able to verify your results. In this case, the verification of the ARC report failed when investigated by the local divers.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Isn’t this story a bit like the eco-tourists who bought a boat ride to Antarctica and got stranded in sea ice? Or the “Live” TV reporter fighting to keep his feet under him during SUPER STORM SANDY. Teenagers in the background mocked him. Somehow the Chicken Littles find the will to carry on.

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