Scientific studies have drawn opposite conclusions about fate of Kiribati in recent years…
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) In yet another example of a journalist behaving like activist, a prominent news reporter travelled to the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati to document the devastating effects of global warming first-hand.
Tragically, Kiribati is sinking into the ocean and will soon disappear forever, Joshua Keating wrote in a recent Washington Post feature article entitled “The Sinking State.”
But the people of Kiribati beg to differ, as truth advocacy group Just Facts reported earlier this week. They’re quite aware that their home island is not sinking at all. In fact, it’s growing.
The Kiribati island nation is almost entirely made of coral reef islands, similar to other places in the South Pacific. Sand and silt typically settle on coral reefs and over time they can give rise to habitable lands.
But since the land is so close to the ocean water-level, coral reef islands are considered extremely vulnerable to storms, abnormally high tides, and sea-level rise.
Keating seized on this and claimed that “not that long from now” global warming will “probably” destroy Kiribati.
It may be “one of the first” nations, he added, to be “wiped out by the effects of climate change.”
Keating also said that Kiribati could become little more than “a reinforced platform with a flag perched in the open ocean,” and that the capital city of “Tarawa, where nearly half the country’s 110,000 residents live, could soon be substantially underwater.”
Scientific studies, however, have drawn opposite conclusions in recent years, as Just Facts pointed out.
A 2010 study published in the journal Global and Planetary Change used aerial and satellite data to conduct “the first quantitative analysis of physical changes” in 27 Pacific coral reef islands, including those in Kiribati.
The paper’s scientific authors said the “results of this study contradict widespread perceptions that all reef islands are eroding in response to recent sea level rise.”
A 2013 scholarly paper in the journal Sustainability Science examined “changes in shoreline position on the majority of reef islands” in the capital city of Tarawa from 1943 to 2007. It found that these islands “substantially increased in size.”
But facts are sometimes inconvenient to journalists with agendas.
Amazingly, Keating went so far as to say that the Kiribati people’s reluctance to join the climate change narrative was due to a “mental block” that makes them unwilling to face the truth.