According to recent sources (BBC, CNN, Guardian, AFP, Independent…), the giant panda population is increasing. Most of media around the world reported that panda population increased of 17% in the last 10 years. The number of pandas passed from 1,596 to 1,864. So, at first it looks like the number increased. However, those media did not investigate and didn’t look into the study… as usual. Is the giant panda population increasing or decreasing? At Peanuts Daily, we are going to tell you the truth and the explanation.
In 2003, the 1,596 pandas have been counted in an area of 2.5 millions hectares while the last counting (1,864 giant pandas) was made on an area of 4.36 millions hectares. So, there are 17% more pandas on an area 72% larger. If we suppose the pandas are dispatched equally on the areas surveyed and if a study would have been made in 2003 on the same area than today: there would have been 2,745 giant pandas counted at the time. In the last 10 years, that would represent a decrease of more than 30% (With giant panda population decreasing from 2,745 to 1,864). But why other media lie? And why the panda population decreases?
Other media repeat the Chinese press. At Peanuts Daily, we know that the Chinese press cannot be trusted and is controlled by the Communist Government but apparently other mainstream media ignore this fact.
We asked Serinda Sandhu, reporter from the British newspaper The Independent, the way she works:
First, I am not a reporter. I am just good at Microsoft Word. That’s how you become journalist in the UK. You just need to go on Internet and copy-paste some articles. You just change a few words and that’s it, we publish it. We don’t need to investigate or verify the sources. In France, they do the same: AFP declared last week that Mr. Martin Bouygues, one of the richest French businessmen, was dead. Their primary source was just a phone call saying that someone named Martin died.
The classic French bashing coming from an English media did not surprise us.
And now comes the hard truth: why is giant panda population decreasing? This is pretty simple. Panda can only live near clear and clean water. However, with the pollution levels exploding all around China, water got contaminated and this is harder and harder to find ‘panda-friendly water’.
The pollution in China already had bad effects in the past: for instance the Beijing marathon smog.
A new survey is getting prepared for 2023 where 8 millions hectares will be surveyed and the Chinese government already released the results: between 2013 and 2023, the number of pandas will increase of 25%.
Author: Mr. Litoreagh, Michael.