I like putting things together when they seem to bind, albeit awkwardly.
First, there has been the release of the damning review of the BBC’s handling of climate change matters:
Christopher Brooker’s report, The BBC and Climate Change: A Triple Betrayal, shows that the BBC has not only failed in its professional duty to report fully and accurately: it has betrayed its own principles, in three respects:
First, it has betrayed its statutory obligation to be impartial, using the excuse that any dissent from the official orthodoxy was so insignificant that it should just be ignored or made to look ridiculous.
Second, it has betrayed the principles of responsible journalism, by allowing its coverage to become so one-sided that it has too often amounted to no more than propaganda.
Third, it has betrayed the fundamental principles of science, which relies on unrelenting scepticism towards any theory until it can be shown to provide a comprehensive explanation for the observed evidence.
“Above all, the BBC has been guilty of abusing the trust of its audience, and of all those compelled to pay for it. On one of the most important and far-reaching issues of our time, its coverage has been so tendentious that it has given its viewers a picture not just misleading but at times even fraudulent,” Christopher Booker said.
Then over at our ABC is a supposed news story based on a photo montage of Climate Change in Tuvulu, which could easily fit the description of tendentious that gives the viewers a picture not just misleading and possibly worse. (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-09/tuvalu-kiribati-climate-change/3720408?WT.svl=news0)
A three-year study by Australia’s CSIRO (am I the only one who has a seriously sinking – excuse the pun – feeling about this organisation) and the Bureau of Metereology suggests the Pacfic’s small island states can expect rising sea levels, more heavy rainfall events, more very hot days and more cyclones.
I understand the last of these predictions at least is highly disputed.
And there is in the most recent edition of The Spectator a wonderful article by Nils-Axel Morner who has held a number of very senior poitions in Sweden and been president of the INQUA Commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution.
There is a scandal that should be Sealevelgate. As with the Hockey Stick, there is little real-world data to suport the upward tilt. It seems that the 2.3mm rise rate has been based on just one tide gauge in Hong Kong (whose record is contradicted by four other nearby tide gauges).
When you exclude unreliable stations, the 68 remaining ones give a present level rise in the order of 1mm a year.
We must learn to take the environmentalists’ predictions [particularly the computer-genenerated ones] with a huge pinch of salt.
I would highly recommend the article.
And where does that leave the ABC’s photo montage; and since when a photo montage constitute headline news?