Thursday, January 28, 2010

More Mail Science Fantasy

The Daily Mail really is a shit-bag of a rag that I wouldn't even wrap a turd in, never mind my chips. Big-brother to our own Evening Post, it seems to be incapable of separating 'things we would like to be true' from 'things that are true'. Yet again and again they fall into the fossil fuel lobby fold by reporting rubbish as news.

Here their fearless truth-seer of newspeak is David Rose...

In 2002 he wrote a series of stories about how Iraq was behind Al Qaeda, but in 2004 was forced to admit that he had been "bamboozled" by the lies of Iraqi defectors. You'd think he would have learned.

Nope. Now he's done a double - he wrote misunderstanding/representing the work of scientist Mojib Latif, claiming:

The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world's most eminent climate scientists [referring to Latif].

Latif, of course, didn't say that at all...

"They are not related at all," he said. "What we are experiencing now is a weather phenomenon, while we talked about the mean temperature over the next 10 years. You can't compare the two."

Here we go again, he has a story on the error in the IPCC report about Himalayan glaciers...

The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.

Dr Murari Lal also said he was well aware the statement, in the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), did not rest on peer-reviewed scientific research.

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Dr Lal, the co-ordinating lead author of the report's chapter on Asia, said: "It related to several countries in this region and their water sources. We thought that if we can highlight it, it will impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action."


[Dr Lal] said these were "the most vilest allegations" and denied that he ever made such assertions. He said "I didn't put it [the 2035 claim] in to impress policymakers... We reported the facts about science as we knew them and as was available in the literature."

A snoozepaper, not a newspaper.

More on the story here and here.

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