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wilbur
02-16-2010, 09:44 AM
http://climatesafety.org/swallowing-lies-how-the-denial-lobby-feeds-the-press/

Interesting read - More food for thought, in the land of the starving brains.




Bogus claims and the threat to the Amazon

On January 25th, North published a post on his blog in which he dredged up one suspicious-looking claim made by the IPCC. On page 596, the second Working Group report had stated that “40% of the Amazon forests could react drastically to even a slight change in precipitation”, potentially being replaced by “ecosystems that have more resistance to multiple stresses caused by temperature increase, droughts and fires, such as tropical savannas”. Again, the reference given was to a WWF report – in this case a Global Review of Forest Fires by a policy analyst, Dr PF Moore, and a journalist and campaigner, Andy Rowell. Apparently unable to find the information given by the IPCC in WWF’s report, North wrote:

“The assertions attributed to them, that “up to 40% of the Amazonian forests could react drastically to even a slight reduction in precipitation” is nowhere to be found in their report. … Nor elsewhere can we find any other reference to 40 percent of the Amazon being affected by even slight reductions in precipitation.”

Yet the fourteenth page of WWF’s report had stated exactly that. “Up to 40% of the Brazilian forest is extremely sensitive to small reductions in the amount of rainfall”, the report noted.

Nevertheless, North went to town, declaring the unearthing of “Amazongate”. He accused the IPCC of making “false predictions on the Amazon rain forests”; of producing “a complete fabrication”; stated that “the IPCC has grossly exaggerated the effects of global warming on the Amazon rain forest”; that it “wanted to hype up crisis” by “making an assertion unsupported by the “science” it holds as so important”.

A few days later, the story found its way onto the news pages of the Times, via reporter Jonathan Leake. “UN climate panel shamed by bogus rainforest claim”, the story’s headline declared, its first paragraph telling readers the IPCC’s statement on the Amazon was “based on an unsubstantiated claim”. The last line of the article leaves us in no doubt as to its source: “Research by Richard North”.

But it soon emerged that the claim was far from bogus. If anything, in fact, the 40% estimate may have been understated. Simon Lewis, a researcher into tropical forests at the University of Leeds, was quoted by Leake as criticizing WWF’s report. Yet Lewis had already informed Leake that the IPCC’s statement got it right.

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More juicy bits at the link - So what is the actual error behind "Amazongate"? Someone accidentally omitted one of the relevant citations (in a body of work with thousands of them), but otherwise had the data correct. Cover up? Fraud? Please...

I thought conservatives were supposed to be critical of the press? So what happened? Hopefully at this point, some of you are beginning to sense a pattern... one would hope.

Sonnabend
02-16-2010, 05:32 PM
Wilbur..it's over. AGW has been exposed as the farce it has always been.

Give it up.

wilbur
02-17-2010, 08:18 AM
Wilbur..it's over. AGW has been exposed as the farce it has always been.

Give it up.

Your surliness isnt the least bit impressive, or convincing.

marv
02-17-2010, 08:37 AM
Your surliness isnt the least bit impressive, or convincing.
Neither are your arguments for AGW........

FlaGator
02-17-2010, 08:50 AM
"Climategate: How the dishonest scientists created the scandal in the first place" ;)

wilbur
02-17-2010, 09:19 AM
"Climategate: How the dishonest scientists created the scandal in the first place" ;)

Keep believing the hype...

Sonnabend
02-19-2010, 03:13 AM
Keep believing the facts about how much they lied....

Better.

SarasotaRepub
02-19-2010, 07:41 AM
Keep believing the hype...

It's so cute when they are cornered and can't admit they're wrong. :p

FlaGator
02-19-2010, 07:47 AM
It's so cute when they are cornered and can't admit they're wrong. :p

I picture wilbur at 80 sitting in a rocking chair on the porch of some old folks home going on about polars bears and hockey sticks.

Teetop
02-19-2010, 10:06 PM
I picture wilbur at 80 sitting in a rocking chair on the porch of some old folks home going on about polars bears and hockey sticks.

And some 80 year old woman saying, "Shuddup! You senile ole fool!"

Articulate_Ape
02-19-2010, 10:11 PM
Keep believing the hype...

HAHAHAHAHAHHAA!

Ahem. You didn't just say that did you?

You did!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!