This good news was treated with a deafening silence by the mainstream media...
The "Long-Term Monitoring Program Annual Summary Report of Coral Reef Condition 2020/2021," issued by AIMS says,
AIMS surveyed 127 sections of the GBR between August 2020 and April 2021.
The agency found,
This data series,
which started in 1985,
is taken yearly by AIMS long term monitoring
of the Reef program.
Source: Peter Ridd.
Even has the earth has 'warmed' over the past century, AIMS data confirms GBR's coral growth rates have increased.
As physicist Peter Ridd, Ph.D. writes summarizing the AIMS data:
AIMS' survey of the reef determined there was "minimal impact" from recent bleaching with hard coral across 85 per cent of the reefs expanding year over year.
Seventy-five of the 127 reefs surveyed showed no indication of bleaching.
This report is a direct refutation of headline grabbing claims made by the mainstream media in 2016 that 93 percent of the GBR was 'dead' or 'dying' due to global warming induced bleaching.
Subsequent research by AIMS proved that the bleaching in 2016 only affected 22 percent of the GBR, not the 93 percent widely 'reported' by mainstream media outlets.
Of the portion of the GBR that did suffer bleaching in 2016, AIMS estimated 75 percent of the bleached portion of the reef would make a full recovery.
The GBRs recovery exceeded AIMS projections proving coral are resilient.
As explored in Climate Realism here,
Indeed, recently a first of its kind survey of all the coral colonies in the Pacific Ocean found half a trillion corals.
According to that study, the eight most common coral species in the region each have a population size greater than the 7.8 billion people on Earth.
The lead author of that study, Andy Dietzel, Ph.D., from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, told Phys.org,
Citing AIMS data, in late-July the United Nations World Heritage Committee (WHR) rejected calls to list the GBR as "in danger."
The WHR's decision came despite last minute pleas by climate alarmists to ignore AIMS' report and list the GBR as being threatened with extinction due to climate change.
Sadly, a Google News search of the term "Great Barrier Reef" turns up more stories in the mainstream media decrying WHR's decision not to list the GBR as "in danger," than stories covering AIMS report detailing the GBR's record setting expansion.
WHR understood that AIMS' data indicate climate change is not threatening the GBR with destruction.
That climate change threatens the extinction of coral reefs is among the least well-founded but most persistent assertions made by climate alarmists...
To paraphrase Mark Twain,
The available evidence is clear, the Great Barrier Reef is thriving and is not seriously threatened with extinction by modest 'warming'...