American Elephants

Fifty Million People Disappear! Embarrassment Ensues. by The Elephant's Child

Back in 2005, The United Nations Environment Programme predicted that climate change would create 50 million climate refugees by 2010. These people would be forced to flee a range of disasters including sea level rise, increases in the numbers and severity of hurricanes, and disruption to the production of food.

The United Nations Environment Programme even provided a handy map. The map shows us the places most at risk included the very sensitive low-lying islands of the Pacific and the Caribbean.

Back on April 11th, Gavin Atkins of the Asian Correspondent asked a simple question:

“What happened to the climate refugees?

Anthony Watts explains the whole embarrassing story.  The UN somehow made the handy map vanish, just like the 50 million refugees simply vanished. Then they moved the goalposts. There’s even a dandy picture of people at the beach waiting for the rising of the tides. But scroll down, the refugee map is recaptured, and all is exposed. If you are unfamiliar with Watts Up With That, Anthony’s splendid and popular website, be sure to bookmark it.

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