The Times Atlas of the World (sounds very impressive) has revised its atlas to show a shrinkage in Greenland ice cover of 15%. But it looks like they need to revise it again.
Publicity for the latest edition of the atlas, launched last week, said warming had turned 15% of Greenland’s former ice-covered land “green and ice-free”.
But scientists from the Scott Polar Research Institute say the figures are wrong; the ice has not shrunk so much.
Well, okay. Everyone can be wrong with their numbers. It’s not as though The Times used this incorrect data to make a cheap, political point.
But the glossy publicity sheets begin with the contention that “for the first time, the new edition of the (atlas) has had to erase 15% of Greenland’s once permanent ice cover – turning an area the size of the United Kingdom and Ireland ‘green’ and ice-free.
“This is concrete evidence of how climate change is altering the face of the planet forever – and doing so at an alarming and accelerating rate.”
Hmmm. I guess if you consider whatever the state of Greenland ice was at the precise moment the first edition of this atlas was printed the norm and “permanent”, then possibly those statements aren’t absolutely full of crap. My Norse history is a bit rusty, but I believe when Erik the Red landed on Greenland around 1,000 A.D. it had much less ice then than it does today. While no tropical paradise, the Norse colonies were farming the land, a bit hard to do under a “permanent” ice cover.
And how hyperbolic is “altering the face of the planet forever”? Our climate has always been changing and forever will be changing. Deal with it people.