What Happened to Climate Refugees?

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What happened to climate refugees? asks an article in Asian Correspondent, 11 April 2011. The article begins: “In 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme predicted that climate change would create 50 million climate refugees by 2010. These people, it was said, would flee a range of disasters including sea level rise, increases in the numbers and severity of hurricanes, and disruption to food production”. At the time UNEP produced a map showing where people would have to leave, including Islands in the Caribbean and Pacific and low lying cities in China. However, recent census data from the island states Bahamas, St Lucia, Seychelles and Solomon Islands indicates these places are actually gaining people, not losing them and the low lying cities of Shenzzen, Dongguan, Foshan, Zhuhai, Puning and Jinjiang are the fastest growing in China. The article concludes: “a very cursory look at the first available evidence seems to show that the places identified by the UNEP as most at risk of having climate refugees are not only not losing people, they are actually among the fastest growing regions in the world”.

The article included a link to the map from GRID-Arendal, a collaborating centre of UNEP, but the map has now been removed with this disclaimer: “Environmentally Induced Migration Map – Clarification. GRID-Arendal offered a map for everybody to download and further use on Environmentally Induced Migration ("Fifty million climate refugees by 2010") at this web address. This graphic was originally produced for the Environmental Atlas of the newspaper Le Monde diplomatique. We have decided to withdraw the product and accompanying text. It follows some media reports suggesting the findings presented were those of UNEP and the UN which they are not. We hope this clarifies the situation.” (Italics and quote marks in original) However, it is very difficult to completely eradicate anything from the Internet, and the map has been found and reproduced in a further article in the Asian correspondent 16 April 2011.

Asian Correspondent 11 April, 16 April

Editorial Comment: The predictions that millions of climate refugees would be fleeing from rising sea levels caused by western CO2 production induced global warming, are again proved false. These and other recent studies of Pacific Islands have shown the islands are remaining stable in size or even growing.

Those who made these predictions are false prophets, and are only impoverishing the west. These so-called climate scientists need to humble themselves and admit there are many things we do not know about the interaction between land and seas, and stop making dire predictions about things that only the Creator can control. (Ref. prophecy, politics, geography)

Evidence News 5 May 2011

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