If rising sea levels from global warming can drown whole islands, what could the rising pressure of more water do, smashing against the dykes of the Netherlands? Oh, the horror! After all, 65% of their National Domestic Product is produced in the 55% of the Netherlands that is below sea level. Why, that would….
What’s this? The national statistics office says just 20% of the country is below sea level and 19% of the GDP is earned there? Well, where the hell did we get the bigger, more frightening numbers?
The 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC report, that’s where.
Is this getting just too funny or what? It is to us, but it’s not to environment minister Jacqueline Cramer, who apparently took those UN nuts at their word. “I am very disturbed,” environment minister Jacqueline Cramer told MPs. “I do not wish to accept any more mistakes.”
The MP’s said this mistake was “shocking.” Some suggested that they delay plans for dyke strengthening. (What, don’t they work out?)
So, how did the error come about? The IPPC added to the total the area which is not under sea level, but could be vulnerable to flooding. You see, it’s scarier that way.
Source: Dutch News
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