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Monday, May 16, 2005

Junking the sceptics

"For the past three weeks, a set of figures has been working a hole in my mind. On April 16th, New Scientist published a letter from the famous botanist David Bellamy. Many of the world's glaciers, he claimed, 'are not shrinking but in fact are growing. ...555 of all the 625 glaciers under observation by the World Glacier Monitoring Service in Zurich, Switzerland, have been growing since 1980.' His letter was instantly taken up by climate change deniers. And it began to worry me. What if Bellamy was right?"

George Monbiot's latest column is a fascinating tale of how environmental fact is skewed by dubious science and hijacked by the far right. The result is a world sicker by the day.

This story has it all. Hater Lyndon Larouche, architects posing as scientists, human error and conspiracy.

(PS. Yes, glaciers are in fact melting.)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Bellamy was right, wouldn't that be a good thing? Why would that worry you? Give it some thought.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 10:33:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Hello? If Bellamy was right, it'd be great. BUT HE'S NOT! Read the article, how he reached his incorrect conclusion and then how green sceptics accepted it as fact.
Jesus, those who seriously disagree with global warming these days are about as convincing as those who reckon the world is flat.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 10:44:00 am  
Blogger syed-m said...

Well that's the problem. Irrational faith supercedes even the most blatantly common sense notions. Unfortunately no one's immune! Hence my steadfast refusal to listen to any ABBA music.

A bit of an example of the lack of moral/intellectual courage in the scientific community. I mean the US is the centre for scientific research and development. Yet almost all of that activity relates to 'defence'. Viz, either directly or indirectly, developing better, more efficient ways to destroy things. Oh, and giving the property rights in any finished product to big corporations.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 7:50:00 pm  

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