UK: Scientists from the Scott Polar Research Institute claimed that the Times Atlas of the World wrongly depicted the map of Greenland. According to the publicity for the latest edition of the atlas, warming turned 15 percent of Greenland’s former ice-covered land “green and ice-free”. But scientists said the figures are wrong; the ice has not shrunk so much.
“Recent satellite images of Greenland make it clear that there are in fact still numerous glaciers and permanent ice cover where the new Times Atlas shows ice-free conditions and the emergence of new lands,” they said in a letter that has been sent to the Times.
The Atlas costs GBP 150 (USD 237) and claimed to be the world’s “most authoritative”. It is based on the information provided by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The 13th edition of the “comprehensive” version of the atlas included a number of revisions made for reasons of environmental change since the previous one, published in 2007.
The break-up of some Antarctic ice shelves due to climate change, the shrinking of inland waters such as the Dead and Aral Seas, and the drying up of rivers such as the Colorado River are all documented.
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 percent of Greenland’s once permanent ice cover – turning an area the size of the United Kingdom and Ireland ‘green’ and ice-free.