Lawrence Solomon: Search is on for the island of Palau, lost in the Pacific

(April 14, 2011) Ten Pacific island nations strive to meet at a UN conference.

Scientific expeditions from ten countries are today converging on the vicinity of what was once known as the island of Palau, a formerly populated region of the Pacific believed to have disappeared due to rising sea levels, according to climate change models from the United Nations Environment Program.  The former residents of Palau, the 2005 models indicated, were among 50 million climate refugees that fell victim to the ravages of climate change by 2010. Although some sceptics point to empirical evidence to dispute the UN data showing the island’s demise, it is well known that climate change models do not lie.

Today’s expeditions, organized by the United Development Program, a sister UN agency, vows to hold two days of workshops at the very coordinates that once hosted Palau. According to a UNDP press release, the expedition members will “discuss how countries can increase their access to climate funds and use them sustainably.”

To assist in their voyage of discovery, the members of the expeditions will be able to rely on a 2008 map produced by the UNEP cartographer, Emmanuelle Bournay, which shows the lost islands of the Pacific.

To view the map, and the lessons it provides for mankind, click here. To learn more about UNEP’s predictions, click here. For the original study by Professor Norman Myers of Oxford on which the UN based its mapping, click here.

Lawrence Solomon is executive director of Energy Probe and the author of The Deniers. LawrenceSolomon@nextcity.com.

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About Lawrence Solomon

Lawrence Solomon is one of Canada's leading environmentalists. His book, The Conserver Solution (Doubleday) popularized the Conserver Society concept in the late 1970s and became the manual for those interested in incorporating environmental factors into economic life. An advisor to President Jimmy Carter's Task Force on the Global Environment (the Global 2000 Report) in the late 1970's, he has since been at the forefront of movements to reform foreign aid, stop nuclear power expansion and adopt toll roads. Mr. Solomon is a founder and managing director of Energy Probe Research Foundation and the executive director of its Energy Probe and Urban Renaissance Institute divisions. He has been a columnist for The Globe and Mail, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the editor and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine, and the author or co-author of seven books, most recently The Deniers, a #1 environmental best-seller in both Canada and the U.S. .
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2 Responses to Lawrence Solomon: Search is on for the island of Palau, lost in the Pacific

  1. Harry Pollett says:

    I don’t get it. There was no reference to Pacific Islands in Professor Myers’ study.

  2. Pingback: 50 million refugee claims: it’s all about money for the UN | Asian Correspondent

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