Ho Hum ...

11 May 2010

The blogosphere got a bit agitated the other day when 225 members of the American National Academy of Sciences 'paid' for a letter to be published in Science complaining about victimisation by climate sceptics. James Delingpole took up the challenge at http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100039045/ May 10th and it's a spat - describing the sceptics as evil truth-seeking types who unfairly think it's wrong of scientists to lie and embezzle grant money and fake data and exagerate risk and hide evidence and bully rival scientists into silence ... etc. You get the drift of the tongue unleashed with poisonous sarcasm but that is not all. Included with the letter, outlining the full alarmism of the AGW hypothesis, was a picture of a polar bear stranded on a small piece of ice floe in a vast ocean of water - and they admit the idea was to illustrate the full gravity of the situation confronting humanity in the Arctic. The trouble was they naively assumed the picture was a real picture. It wasn't. Sceptics, being ... as they say, sceptical, sourced the picture. The polar bear, the ice floe, the ocean and the wide sky are real - they were just not together in the way the picture has them. It is a design photo - a computer simulation from odd bits from other photos. Basically, it is doctored - and the upshot is that a spokesperson for the scientists has been forced to apologise. Hoots all round.