Greenland map update. In Evidence News 21 September 2011 we reported on The Times Comprehensive Atlas 13th Edition that grossly exaggerated the amount of ice lost from the Greenland ice sheet. See our report: Fudged New World Atlas here.

Harper Collins, who published the atlas, have issued a “clarification” which includes the following statements: “On reflection and in discussion with the scientific community, the current map does not make the explanation of this topic as clear as it should be. We are now urgently reviewing the depiction of ice in the Atlas against all the current research and data available, and will work with the scientific community to produce a map of Greenland which reflects all the latest data. We will then create an insert for the current atlas showing this map and also give an explanation of the situation and how we have mapped it. Any material generated as a result of this activity will also be made available online and incorporated into the Atlas. The one thing that is very apparent is that there is no clarity in the scientific and cartographic community on this issue but we have been consulting widely over the last week with experts in the field and have received a good response and support with new sources and data.”

Editorial Comment: So, there is “no clarity in the scientific and cartographic community on this issue”? If something that can easily be checked with current satellite technology is lacking in clarity, how much more unclear are the more complex aspects of climate science that are still being researched, such as the role of variations in ocean currents, clouds, solar irradiance and cosmic rays? Meanwhile, the politicians and economists are telling us the science is settled.

Evidence News 19 October 2011

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