Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor
- TIME magazine’s cover shows U.N. chief António Guterres standing in waters off a Pacific island that’s allegedly “sinking” into the sea — except scientific studies indicate it’s not.
- Studies have found most low-lying Pacific islands either remained stable or increased in size over the decades, including Tuvalu.
- One researcher noted that the “loss of land is unlikely to be a factor in forcing depopulation of Tuvalu.”
The newest TIME magazine cover features United Nations chief António Guterres standing in water off the island nation of Tuvalu, which the outlet called “one of the world’s most vulnerable countries” to global warming.
The photo, taken during Guterres’ four-country tour of Pacific nations in May, is meant to illustrate one point — that island nations are sinking in the face of global warming-induced sea-level rise.
TIME titled it’s Thursday cover story, “Our Sinking Planet.”…
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