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Almost No Islands Are Actually ‘Sinking’ — So Why the Hysteria?
An analysis of more than 600 coral reef islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans showed that some 40 per cent remained stable while another 40 per cent increased in area.
Only 20 per cent decreased in area yet it is widely promoted in green activist circles that coral islands, atolls and reefs are disappearing with sea level rise. Some islands grew as much as 5.6 hectares in a decade. Tuvalu’s main atoll, Funafuti, comprising 33 islands around the rim of a lagoon, gained 32 hectares during the last 115 years.
Published 22 November 2021.