Where Have All the Refugees Gone?

I have never been a refugee. I would hope and pray that I never will become one. I can only imagine (and probably poorly at that) what an actual refugee must feel like, having lost home and perhaps family and friends to some war or other catastrophe.

It is with some relief that I can talk about 50 million refuges who aren’t–aren’t refugees, that is:

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.

The UNEP even provided a handy map. The map shows us the places most at risk including the very sensitive low lying islands of the Pacific and Caribbean.

All the data is not yet in, but we have enough to say that:

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.

Daily Caller notes that the map referred to above was apparently flushed down the memory hole–but not well enough:

This is what the UNEP web page originally said:

Fifty million climate refugees by 2010. Today we find a world of asymmetric development, unsustainable natural resource use, and continued rural and urban poverty. There is general agreement about the current global environmental and development crisis. It is also known that the consequences of these global changes have the most devastating impacts on the poorest, who historically have had limited entitlements and opportunities for growth.

And there you have it, folks, another bogus climate claim rubbished by reality, followed by an inept cover-up attempt.

What happened to the massive multitude of wandering souls? Glad you asked:
The American Association for the Advancement of Science now says that there will be 50 million climate change refugees by 2020.
Allow me to note that I am quite relieved that we’ve not misplaced all of those people. Although I am at quite a loss to explain how they all fit into the TARDIS.