After all the climategate nonsense we now have Atlasgate. Caused by the total absence of brain matter in a few people employed at Harper-Collins (see original post by Peter Sinclair at Climate Denial Crock of the Week).
I’ll save you the bother of thinking the matter through for yourself. In summary, the words
“green and ice-free”
placed in a press release and referring to Greenland do not mean
“grass grows there” and “there is no ice”
Rather, they mean
“the elevation is low” and “there is up to half a mile of ice permanently on it”
Surprisingly, some people were too dense to get that, and assumed that large parts of Greenland are lush meadows now. Maybe they did believe the statement that this was due to climate change. According to promotional material for the 13th edition of the atlas, this provides “concrete evidence of how climate change is altering the face of the planet for ever – and doing so at an alarming and accelerating rate.”
What morons! English be a very difficult language, methinks!
The lesson to be learned from this: don’t ever trust people who work way outside their area of expertise. Such as journalists, lectors, editors, publishers. DON’T TRUST THEM! They will twist your words and data into the weirdest nonsense, intentionally or out of stupidity. I have met some very laudable exceptions, but the vast majority needs to attend kindergarten again.