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WSJ Magazine Promotes False Tuvalu Myth in Bill Gates Climate Change Article

By James Taylor | ClimateRealism | February 16, 2021

WSJ Magazine, a product of the Wall Street Journal, told an outlandish climate change falsehood about Tuvalu and sea-level rise yesterday in an article about Bill Gates. In the article, titled “Bill Gates Has a Master Plan for Battling Climate Change,” WSJ Magazine claims, “Residents of Tuvalu, an island nation in the South Pacific, are jockeying for space as their archipelago is swallowed by rising seas.” The truth is exactly the opposite.

For background, climate activists have made Tuvalu – a nation of coral reefs and small islands in the South Pacific – a poster child for climate change. Activists claim rising seas are swallowing the nation and its islands. However, as documented by Climate Realism here and here, the majority of Tuvalu’s islands are growing in size, not shrinking.

While seas are modestly rising, modestly rising seas bring new sediment and allow for new coral to grow. The result is net land growth for islands like those in Tuvalu.

For example, a recent peer-reviewed study found eight out of Tuvalu’s nine coral atolls have grown in size during recent decades, and 3/4ths of Tuvalu’s 101 reef islands have similarly grown in size. Also, Tuvalu is experiencing net immigration rather than net emigration. There are 20% more people living in Tuvalu now than 30 years ago. Tuvalu’s population has doubled since 1970. Far from “jockeying for position” on an island being swallowed, people are flocking to Tuvalu, instead.

Additional peer-reviewed studies (see herehere, and here) confirm the same processes are allowing – and will continue to allow – other Pacific islands to keep up with rising seas.

The lesson to be learned at WSJ Magazine’s expense is that just because “everybody knows” or “Al Gore says” that some asserted climate harm is happening, that does not make it so. Trust scientific data, not the propaganda of climate activists and their messengers.

Climate Realism hopes to address other aspects of WSJ Magazine’s Bill Gates article in the days to come, although there are so many daily media climate falsehoods to debunk….

February 23, 2021 - Posted by | Fake News, Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Science and Pseudo-Science | ,

4 Comments »

  1. “WSJ Magazine claims, “Residents of Tuvalu, an island nation in the South Pacific, are jockeying for space as their archipelago is swallowed by rising seas.” The truth is exactly the opposite”.

    Firstly, the WSJ is now owned by Rupert Murdoch, and therefore has NO CREDIBILITY any more. Secondly, if the World is warming up, how come Texas has a layer of snow over it. “Global Warming” is an ongoing ploy by the Globalists, to keep people in a state if FEAR, so that they can be manipulated by the “1%”.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | February 23, 2021 | Reply

    • Brian, I take your point…but please read my comment below. If you and/or any others could elucidate in general or specific terms, I’ll appreciate it.

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      Comment by roberthstiver | February 24, 2021 | Reply

  2. I’ve had a kind of quirky, off-and-on interest in the Pacific Island Nation of Palau since my Army days in the mid-1960s. It came to an improbably coincidental head in 2017, when I began massage therapy delivered by a lady visa-immigrant from Japan; for 13 weeks she straightened out my neck and other structural problems. To my dismay, she was required to return to Japan (from my Hawaii), but she was enabled to return in a year or so (via a kind of arranged-marriage scenario) to become the wife of a gentleman connected with the governing elite of Palau. (There is a direct connection in Palau with natives and inter-marriage with Japanese.) I could probably reach out to her and ask about “climate” in Palau (-cum-nearby Tuvalu?), but I’ve found this article that I recommend perusing; too bad it’s from 2017…I’d like an update to find, inter alia, if the President’s house has floated away. — https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/climate-change-south-pacific-global-warming-sea-levels-a7829786.html

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    Comment by roberthstiver | February 24, 2021 | Reply

    • Interesting story. I admit I am no expert on the multitude of Islands in the South Pacific, but some of them are “borderline” when it comes to their height above Sea level. I have seen video’s of ocean water coming inland on some islands, and in an Ocean as Vast as the South Pacific, it looks devastating.

      These people can appeal to neighbours such as New Zealand and Australia, American Samoa, Tahiti, etc etc and will surely be given refuge if needed. (Australian Rugby League has a large proportion of ‘South Sea Islanders’ who live here now and believe me, you do not want to mess with these guys)………

      But, we welcome them. They have a safe haven here, and New Zealand, if needed…..

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | February 24, 2021 | Reply


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