MPs have reacted angrily to a second mistake in an international climate panel report, this time focusing on the Netherlands itself, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.
According to the last IPCC report, published in 2007, some 55% of the Netherlands is below sea level and 65% of gross national product is produced in that area.
But according to the national statistics office CBS, just 20% of the country is below sea level and 19% of GDP is earned there.
‘I am very disturbed,’ environment minister Jacqueline Cramer told MPs. ‘I do not wish to accept any more mistakes.’
Last week Cramer said a mistake in the same report about melting glaciers is ‘extremely worrying’.
The report’s information was based on figures from the national environment assessment agency PBL, the paper says. Spokesman Joop Oude Lohuis told the Volkskrant the UN body had added the percentage of the Netherlands which is under sea level to the percentage which is vulnerable to flooding.
Cramer has now asked the PBL to go through the IPCC’s regional report to look for more errors.
MPs described the second mistake as ‘shocking’, with some suggesting plans for dyke strengthening be delayed until there is clarity.
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