Times World Atlas falls prey to climate alarmism

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Some things you really believe you can trust. The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, for example. Not any more. Like so many grand old institutions, it has fallen prey to nonsensical claims that 15% of the Greenland ice sheet has disappeared in the last few years. So the cartographers meekly acquiesce, showing a massive retreat in the ice sheet in the latest edition (see image).

But having been pilloried in the press for the ridiculous claim (even by the BBC and Guardian), they’ve had to back down, as the Guardian reports:

The publishers of the Times Atlas were forced to admit on Tuesday that they were wrong to claim the Greenland ice pack had shrunk by 15%, asArctic scientists rounded on the company for misinterpreting data and failing to consult them.

The humiliating climbdown for HarperCollins – part of Rupert Murdoch’s publishing empire – came after key sources of data on the Greenland ice denied that their research, cited by the Times Atlas, warranted the claims. Despite criticism of the claim by scientists, a spokeswoman for the atlas had, as recently as Monday, issued a robust defence of the claim, saying: “We are the best there is … Our data shows that it has reduced by 15%. That’s categorical.”

But HarperCollins put out a statement on Tuesday saying: “For the launch of the latest edition of the atlas we issued a press release which unfortunately has been misleading with regard to the Greenland statistics. We came to these statistics by comparing the extent of the ice cap between the 10th and 13th editions of the atlas. The conclusion that was drawn from this, that 15% of Greenland’s once permanent ice cover has had to be erased, was highlighted in the press release not in the atlas itself. This was done without consulting the scientific community and was incorrect. We apologise for this and will seek the advice of scientists on any future public statements.” (source)

Maurizio Morabito has a theory:

So the following series of events is consistent with the observations:

  1. Times Atlas personnel read or listen from somewhere that the Greenland ice sheet is melting
  2. They open the Wikipedia page on the Greenland ice sheet
  3. As if by magic…that page contains a map of Greenland
  4. Times Atlas personnel convert that map to the Times Atlas high-quality standard

Now where’s the evidence for it? Where is it indeed, as Michael Corleone would have asked.

And furthermore, Hockey Schtick reports on a new paper that shows an ice sheet on the northern tip of Greenland has remained unchanged or grown slightly in the last few years:

Warmists tell us the effects of AGW should be most evident at the poles. A paper published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research closely examines the Flade Isblink Ice Cap at the northern tip of Greenland using data from two satellites from 2002-2008 and finds a slightly positive/near zero change in surface elevation and no change whatsoever in mass. However, according to the experts at The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, this entire ice cap has completely disappeared.

Another blow to alarmist credibility – and the Times Atlas – thanks to its desperation to advance an agenda by any means possible.


  1. Aaron James Duff via Facebook says:

    You can tell with the articles amazing english skills it wasn’t written by one of my fellow countrymen

  2. Sounds like the Times World Atlas needed a bit of free publicity … and got it.

  3. Micky Mullins via Facebook says:

    Who are they trying to kid?! Desperate much?! Lol

  4. Meanwhile … over at the left-wing looney-green website of Grist, they’re still plugging the original story and have been for the past 6 days.

    “New atlas shows climate change effects—including a brand-new island,” with no amendment or update.

    “The editors doubt that the climate-related revisions are going to end with this edition. Already, more islands are starting to appear.” Hmmm … I think it will be the last revision for this editor!

  5. they have now issued an apology for their errors…

  6. Rick Bradford says:

    1) This is getting play from the BBC & Grauniad, revealing that their hatred of Murdoch outweighs their commitment to the AGW cause, which is considerable.

    2) The atlas’ apology was what we have come to expect — grudging, self-righteous and containing more lies (in this case that they were using NSIDC-approved data.)

  7. Fail, that is all.

  8. Bryan Harris says:

    If it had been the other way around, the books would have had to be recalled and reprinted…

  9. Roman Oz via Facebook says:

    5 Billion years old plus, and these idiots think that because we’ve been around for a mere 2000 burning stuff to live and keep warm. OH COME ON??

  10. @roman we’ve been around a bit longer than that, but its not since the post-normal science age have we been accused of killing the planet since the industrial revolution…and yet 99% of all species that lived on this rock are already extinct…

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