When the Spectator does climate change, it does it prominently -
often on the front cover - and it promotes views that don't reflect
the broad scientific agreement on climate change.
issue is no exception, with a front page article by
climate skeptic and retired scientist Nils-Axel Mörner, in which he
dismisses projections of rising sea level as "nonsense".
However, we can reveal that his claims are based on highly
contested evidence and the body he claims to speak for no longer
exists. What's more, his former colleagues are scrambling to
distance themselves from his views.
In the piece, Mörner talks at length about the Maldives, the
"best-known 'victim' of rising sea levels". Relative sea level in
the Maldives has
risen over the last few decades, leading some to question
whether the Maldives might become submerged as projected sea level
rise plays out.
But according to Mörner's lengthy piece in the Spectator, the
"truth about sea levels" is that "they're always fluctuating", and
there's no need for concern:
"As someone with some expertise in the
field, I can assure the low-lying countries that this is a false
alarm... I have conducted six field trips to the Maldives."
Apart from having visited the country, Mörner has two claims to
be an expert on this subject - he has published material on sea
level rise (and in particular the Maldives) in peer-reviewed
journals, and he is a former president of a body called "the INQUA
commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution," where, he
says, "the world's true experts on sea level are to be found".
More on INQUA in a moment.