Friday, February 02, 2007

New Scientist

I used have a great deal of respect for New Scientist magazine but it seems that lately politics trumps actual science when it comes to pushing an agenda. First it was publishing the incredibly biased anti-gun "study" about gun owners and road rage (details here and here) and now it's the "breaking news" that the IPCC places the blame for global warming firmly on mankind. Blah, blah, blah.

What they don't even bother to mention however is that the IPCC has only released a summary of their report- they're holding the actual science part back for another three months. The reason for this delay is that they have to make sure that the science fits in with their assumptions-

Changes (other than grammatical or minor editorial changes) made after acceptance by the Working Group or the Panel shall be those necessary to ensure consistency with the Summary for Policymakers or the Overview Chapter.

In other words, don't let any pesky facts spoil our climate change panic rhetoric. And there's not a hint of that information in the New Scientist article- once again, it's down to the blogosphere to fact check mainstream media.

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