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Environmental Madness (XIX)

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4. If the Weather Does Not Change, Let’s Change the Maps!

“Environmentalists” do not just peddle myths, half-truths and inaccuracies: they frequently employ false data. In 2011, the highly renowned Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, in its 13th edition showed Greenland as having lost 15 % of its perennial ice cover as compared to 1999. It shows large areas of its east and southern coasts colored in such a way as to suggest that 300,000 km² (15 % of its ice cover) had disappeared in the last 12 years.

Eminent scientists from the U.S., Europe and practically the whole world, as well as glacier specialists accused the Times Atlas of falsifying the map to show the alleged effects of “global warming.” They were supported by seven members of the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge. It should be noted that protests came from scientists on both sides of the controversy about “global warming” and climate change. The Paris daily Le Figaro noted that the protest clearly showed the reticence of the scientific community against non-scientific alarmism following the Climategate scandal.

Greenland: the map before and after the fraud.

In a letter to the editors of the Times Atlas, while agreeing that there was some reduction of the ice the Cambridge scientists state: “We write to point out that [the claim of] a 15 per cent decrease in permanent ice cover since the publication of the previous atlas 12 years is both incorrect and misleading. Recent satellite images of Greenland make it clear that there are in fact still numerous glaciers and permanent ice cover where the new Times Atlas shows ice-free conditions and the emergence of new lands.”

According to these scientists, ice loss was approximately 0.1% over 12 years. In contrast, Times Atlas’ publishers described it as “concrete evidence of how climate change is altering the face of the planet forever – and doing so at an alarming and accelerating rate.”

Journalist James Delingpole of The Telegraph of London showed that the Atlas publishers’ climate alarmism had gone so far as to completely omit Tuvalu, the Maldives and major parts of Bangladesh in order to convey the “emotional truth” about “man made climate change.”

Times Atlas spokesman David Rose thus justified that omission: “All right, it may not be strictly geographically accurate to say the Maldives and Tuvalu will definitely have disappeared in about ten years time when our next edition appears. But did you see that picture of the Maldives cabinet holding a meeting underwater? [and he pointed to a meeting supposedly held underwater – see picture]. If the Maldives government says the Maldives are drowning, they must be drowning.”

Publicity photo of an ‘underwater meeting’

David Rose added. “I hold a doctorate in Cambridge in Climate Change and Sinking Islands Studies so I know what I’m talking about. And if you don’t believe me, ask my friend Johann Hari who taught me everything I know about the primacy of emotional truth over actual truth. I’m pleased to say that this is a view of the world shared by my colleagues at Times Comprehensive Atlas of The World. They understand that maps based on accurately recorded geographical features belong in the Victorian age of child chimney sweeps. What we need now is maps that change the world, transforming into something which it isn’t actually yet but might be one day if we don’t act NOW!” In other words, let us falsify the maps to see if we can lead our readers where we want. This is a very eloquent lesson about one of the methods used by radical environmentalists to surreptitiously inculcate their biased ideological views! (From the blog by Luis Dufaur, “Green, the New Color

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