Caught Telling a Whopper?

I’d like to share something I found of a slightly more serious note in this post – don’t worry, I do have funny stuff coming involving dogs.

Taking a step away from watching videos of cats stuffing their friends in boxes (yeah, have a look but do come back, please) I was thumbing through news on a subject close to my heart – conservation. I’m not about to start banging on Al Gore style, I think the decline of the planet is down to many, many things as well as us.

However, what annoys me is how many people – including the aforementioned VP (seriously, why wasn’t he this vocal an advocate for change when he had real power?) – jump on the bandwagon. You, know, the “oh the ice caps are melting at such an alarming rate… look how enviro-concious we are” bandwagon. This week, the famed Times Atlas, selling for just £150 ($237) tried to do just that, highlighting in their latest “most authoritative” atlas and the publicitiy speil around its release, that they’ve had to make oh so many revisions since the 2007 edition as a result of environmental change.

This environmental change – of course there’s been some, there’s no way of arguing that – included the shocking loss of 15% of Greenland’s ice coverage, rendering it green and ice-free. Wow, 15% in just five years… that sure is a lot Time, thank you for bringing this mortifying and terrifying detail to our attention. Should we panic now?

No. Because it’s simply not true. See:

times atlas greenland

On the left we have the new-look Greenland according to The Times Atlas. On the right, the real white, icy Greenland as seen from space. See all that extra ice coverage – especially over on the East, that the Times Atlas didn’t see?

The story as I found it is courtesy of the BBC. Whether or not it was an attempt to either sell more copies of their book via using it as a scaremongering, enviro-crusading tool or an innocent mistake – you know, compiling an elaborate and expensive ‘authortive’ guide and forgetting to check evidence – I don’t know. I still reckon it was the former.

Yes. Climate change is reeking havoc on our planet and those changes are happening at an alarming rate but let’s not get ahead of ourselves without checking facts. Doing so puts you in the same category as tabloid newspapers.

It’s not all grim out there. There are species being lost but there are also being species found:

And a lot of positive conservation projects –


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