There is a distinct lack of talk coming from the media as the Great Barrier Reef is going through a massive growth bloom.
Recently, a report sent out by the Australian government concerning the recovery of the reef seems to indicate that they cover patterns of the coral at the Northern Great Barrier Reef “continued to increase to 27% from the most recent low point in 2017.” All the while, the Central Great Barrier Reef has seen a strong 26% increase in its hard coral cover.
This study went on to state that over the past thirty-five years of monitoring, the Great barrier Reef has very consistently “shown an ability to recover after disturbances.” Despite this fact, all of the coverage of the Great Barrier Reef, from all of the normal mainstream media sources, has only taken steps to portray a very different and horrid narrative.
You may have noticed that the media aren't covering the Great Barrier Reef much this year, after reporting its imminent death incessantly for years. The reason is not no news but good news. The GBR has been rapidly improving—which doesn't fit the catastrophist agenda.
— Alex Epstein (@AlexEpstein) September 22, 2021
For example, The New York Times reported back in 2018 that “an underwater heat wave that damaged huge sections of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef two years ago spurred a die-off of coral so severe that scientists say the natural wonder will never look the same again.” The news article from the Times seemed to try and push governments to honor the Paris Climate Agreement; the author of which put forth the argument that by going along with the treaty, Australia will “still have the Great Barrier Reef in 50 years”, but it would “would still look very different from today.”
Even in posts put out as recently as October of 2020, The Washington Post put out an article titled “Warming has killed half the coral on the Great Barrier Reef, study finds. It might never recover.” The article itself argued that many technological advancements that were created in an attempt to help the recovery of the reef “might not be enough for a country that continues to lead the world in exporting coal, a fossil fuel that contributes to warming, which hastens the decline of coral.”
Alex Epstein, the Founder and President of the Center for Industrial Progress, made note that the mainstream media has been very fast to try and cover the decline of the Great Barrier Reef, but seems to want to ignore the rapid recovery of the reef.
“The climate media’s evasion of the Great Barrier Reef improvement confirms that they have no interest in the truth about what’s happening with climate and why,” he stated in a tweet, “They are interested in attacking fossil fuels, attacking capitalism, and justifying vast expansions of government power.”
“Any science editor that covered the decline of the Great Barrier Reef but not its improvement,” which includes National Geographic, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and The Guardian, “should commit to correcting their failures or be pressured into resigning.”
He went on to note that certain celebrities, such as Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio, who made a public declaration that “catastrophized” the issues surrounding the Great Barrier Reef should “celebrate, share the good news, and walk back their climate catastrophism.”
“Why does it matter so much that the climate media only cover negative stories and ignore positive ones?” questioned Epstein. “Because it contributes to deadly energy policy by catastrophizing the side-effects of the fossil fuels that modern life depends on, while ignoring their massive benefits.”