Is this a new development in the global warming debate?
No-one seems to know why as the ice loss has in fact been less than0.1 percent and one of the contributors to the Atlas who wrote the text on global warming referred to it as “that Greenland rubbish”.
The error seems to have been most heavily criticised by scientists from the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge, but whilst admitting the errors the publishers “stand by the accuracy of the maps in this and all other editions of the Times Atlas”.
The two things that stand out here are the willingness of educators to knowingly push false information out into schools (which is where the atlas will be mostly used) and the readiness of the scientists to criticise the error.
There is, regrettably, nothing new about the first, but there is about the second. When Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth came out with all its howlers and was used in schools I don’t recall one scientific voice being raised in protest.
Hopefully things are changing with responsible scientists being prepared to point out extremist and alarmist claims.