Maldives: No, Our Country Isn't Underwater

Satirical 'Telegraph' global warming column irks island nation.
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2011 2:43 AM CDT
Maldives: No, Our Country Isn't Underwater
The president of the Maldives held a 2009 cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the danger climate change poses to his country.   (AP Photo/Mohammed Seeneen)

Atlas makers have decided to omit the Maldives from future editions because global warming threatens to submerge the island nation, a climate-change skeptic Telegraph writer claimed in a satirical column. Sound ludicrous? Not to some newspapers and opposition politicians in the Maldives, who took the bogus story seriously and demanded that their government take a stand, the BBC reports.

The Maldives' top diplomat in the UK has written to the newspaper asking for an apology to be published, along with a clarification. The people of the Maldives aren't lacking a sense of humor, the diplomat says, but the satirical article went too far when it suggested that the country was hyping the danger of rising seas in an effort to "blackmail the international community into giving the Maldives more aid money." (More global warming stories.)

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