Tuesday, 3 November 2009

'Journalism'? Where

Both the Times and Telegraph report on the 'shock' news that the snow on Mount Kilimanjaro will have melted within the next 20 years. Watts Up With That has a post on this entitled 'Oh no, not this Kilimanjaro rubbish again!', which just about says it all!. Note that at the end of this post Anthony Watts makes the point that "it is simply bad science to not consider land use issues looking you in the face while you drill ice cores on the slopes." and, in regard to land use, I would point you to this post, also from Watts Up With That.

In his book, The Real Global Warming Scandal, Christopher Booker recounts how Professor Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute in Paris disagreed strongly with the IPCC's 2001 report, to which he had contributed, that global warming would cause a spread of diseases. Sir David King, Chief Scientific Adviser to Tony Blair, made the now familiar claim that global warming was responsible for the melting of the ice at the summit of Kilimanjaro. He was challenged by Reiter who referred to studies that showed this had been taking place since the 1880s. It was not due to global warming, these studies concluded but to deforestation causing a sharp drop in precipitation. Booker writes: "Apparently unable to answer Reiter's point, King broke off in mid-sentence and led his delegation out of the room." (pp 115,116)

Yet again we have articles written by supposed 'journalists' who have failed to do their homework and produce a 'balanced' article, instead preferring to 'parrot' the information with which they seem to have been presented.

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