As word of the recovery of the Great Barrier Reef spreads, the inevitable rationalization from alarmists appears. In response to a tweet thread by Bjorn Lomborg, we have the following:
Sigh. Internet law of bullshit asserts itself. You know this is going to be bullshit, but proving it is going to be a real chore.
So, coral cover did hit a high point, in the context of four mass bleaching events in the last seven years:
It was mostly a fast-growing, frail variety of coral. So perhaps what we’re looking at here is the bleaching events having killed off some of the more sturdy, long-lived corals and this fast-growing stuff is flourishing like scrub bushes after a wildfire.
There is no truth to his suggestion scientists are trying to downplay or conceal these numbers. I found stories about them everywhere: Axios, the Guardian, the Washington Post, etc., etc.
I did my part of the social media dance.