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50m Climate Refugee Claims: It’s About Money For The UN

The ShadowLands’ story about the United Nations’ failed prediction that there would be 50 million climate refugees by 2010 has gone global, and the United Nations Environment Programme’s subsequent attempt to hide the evidence only made it much, much worse.

German magazine der Spiegel has published a thoughtful article on the subject, with the first response from the UNEP as follows:

But now the UN is distancing itself from the forecast: “It is not a UNEP prediction,” a UNEP spokesman told SPIEGEL ONLINE. The forecast has since been removed from UNEP’s website….
The UNEP spokesman said the map had been produced for a newspaper “based on various sources.” He said the map had been taken off the UNEP website “because it was causing confusion and making some journalists think UNEP was the source of such forecasts.”

So let’s get this straight. UNEP provided a map to the media, but the information UNEP provided did not come from UNEP. This is odd, because the cartographer we were asked to credit (and I did credit at the foot of the original post), Emmanuelle Bournay is described here as the UNEP cartographer.

In any case, are we supposed to be happy that the UNEP provided information to the media that is presumably false? And if the map is wrong, in what way is it wrong? And why was it removed after Asian Correspondent linked to it, but not when pro-global warming lobbyists like this or this linked to it?

Whatever their argument, the United Nations has their fingerprints all over the 50 million refugees claim. See, for example, if any of you super-sleuths can find any UN links to the claim here.

It was also repeated, as der Spiegel pointed out, by the President of the UN General Assembly, Srgjan Kerim and the former head of the UNFCCC, Yvo (“don’t call me Smoky”) de Boer.

And – for heaven’s sake – it was repeated in one of the UNEP’s own media releases.

But why, I hear you ask, did the United Nations exaggerate the situation in the first place? Maybe you can find a clue here:

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, on behalf of international humanitarian organizations, today called for USD 7.4 billion to provide urgent humanitarian aid to 50 million people in 28 countries worldwide.

Asian Correspondent, 19 April 2011