Maldives government complains of spoof atlas omission

Posted: 09/29/2011 in all marine news

Charles Haviland – 

The government of the Maldives has complained after the UK’s Daily Telegraph website carried a satirical blog post saying the island nation is to be omitted from the Times Atlas of the World.

The supposed omission was said to be due to impending climate change.

The low-lying islands of the Maldives are at risk from rising sea levels. The spoof blog post was taken seriously by several media outlets in the Maldives.

The Telegraph blog post was written by a climate change sceptic, James Delingpole.

On Monday, scientists said the new edition of the Times Atlas had exaggerated the scale of ice-cover reduction in another part of the world, Greenland.

Mr Delingpole’s blog said the next edition of the famous atlas would continue what he called its “Climate Change alarmism”, by completely erasing some very low-lying areas – the Maldives, Tuvalu and “major parts of Bangladesh”.

He quoted a fictitious “spokesman” for the atlas as saying that in map-making, “emotional truth” was more important than actual truth.

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