The United Nations Environment Programme has tried to erase one of its glaring failed predictions about climate refugees by removing a map from its website purporting to show where 50 million climate refugees will come from by 2010.
After Asian Correspondent reviewed its findings earlier this week, the story has been linked to by websites around the world such as Investor News, American Spectator and was referred to in yesterday’s Australian newspaper and even got a mention on Fox News.
However, the website which is maintained by GRID-Arendal, an official United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborating centre, has now deleted the map.
What’s more, the error message dishonestly claims:
Dear visitor, it seems like the map you are navigating by is maybe not fully up-to-date, or that it might have an error in it, or is it that your GPS is not loaded with the correct data?
However, if you are quick, you may yet be able to download a copy via google cache here.
In 2007, UN Under-Secretary General and Head of the UNEP, Aachim Steiner told a conference in Africa:
So I have initiated a number of reforms that will begin in the next few weeks. Some however have already begun in terms of looking at how we can improve the transparency and accountability of this institution.
He also received the Steiger Award for straight-forwardness, honesty, fairness and helpfulness.
Is the deletion of this map without adequate explanation an example of Mr Steiner’s transparency and accountability? I will be emailing him to seek a response.
Thanks are due to US blogger, Aaron Worthing from Patterico’s Pontification for alerting me to the UN’s deceit. Aaron has also taken some screen shots of the map the UN doesn’t want you to see, which I have attempted to replicate below. To leave no doubt about what the map shows, it is titled “Fifty million climate refugees by 2010″.
see also: What happened to the Climate Refugees?