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Jul 27, 2011

CSIRO says sea level claims from Oz expert are dead in the water

The CSIRO is crying foul over a front page article in The Australian last week which "misinterpreted" a report on rising sea levels and claimed the national research body's model for global warming was "already dead in the water as having no sound basis in probability".

The CSIRO is crying foul over a front page article in The Australian last week which “misinterpreted” a report on rising sea levels and claimed the national research body’s model for global warming was “already dead in the water as having no sound basis in probability”.

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  1. Tom McLoughlin

    I noticed the fourth last paragraph of the hard copy version of the story which says since 1990 sea leveal rises have been high. But you had to flip over to bottom of page 2 for that.

    For such a hugely serious issue where literally hundreds of millions of lives are at risk, to indulge in misleading and deceptive reportage is very low indeed. No wonder the journalist is anxious.

    How many people were ripped off the value of the cover price by dodgy ‘news’, if that is what it is? There is a law against dodgy advertising but journalists can write whatever their boss likes?

    Why indeed was there no balance with reference to the pro GW experts in the same article?

    Which brings us to the second aspect of News Ltd’s editorial – bad faith.

  2. mikeb

    Anyone betting that Rintoul’s article will become much quoted by deniers?

  3. Jimmy Nightingale

    I was one of the commenters on Deltoid who smelled a rat with this article.

    It didn’t take long on Google, about 10 minutes, to find out what Phil Watson’s paper actually said and to uncover Howard Brady’s history and lack of expertise on this subject. Unfortunately, the average reader is more likely to just accept this kind of article at face value. Stuart Rintoul’s article is more than just shoddy journalism – it is a reflection of a consistent meme in News Limited newspapers of climate change denial.

    It is sad that Stuart Rintoul needed to misrepresent a paper and introduce a fake expert in Howard Brady to extrapolate that misrepresentation to reach the conclusion that he did.

    If one puts on their critical thinking hat, the next logical step would be wonder, if as New Limited newspapers continually report that the science underpinning climate change is not settled, why there is the need to do this. Where are the credible scientific papers and real experts?

  4. michael r james

    @JIMMY NIGHTINGALE Posted Wednesday, 27 July 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Good, but perhaps you can clear up this inconsistency in the article concerning Brady. Is this statement (below) wrong? Or is it all stuff by Brady on other scientific subjects? (I haven’t tried to check this out on PubMed because with a name like Brady I suspect there would be a lot of ambiguity–therefore a lot of work to check each paper for the affiliation of the author named Brady etc.) Is Brady a geologist?

    [“As to Howard Brady, he made contact with us, he has published Antarctic research articles in the Antarctic Journal of the United States, Nature, Science, and the English Journal of Geology and Geophysics, and his criticisms of CSIRO modelling were judged newsworthy.”]

  5. Tim Lambert

    Web of Science has 7 publications by Brady, the most recent was in 1983. They are all on sediments in Antarctica. Nothing on climate science, let alone sea level.

    ANTARCTIC JOURNAL OF THE UNITED STATES (3)
    JOURNAL OF GLACIOLOGY (1)
    NATURE (1)
    SCIENCE (1)
    TRANSACTIONS AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION (1)

  6. AR

    MikeB – the shoutback jocks were already yelling it to their credulous audiences, AJ and ravin’ Ray Hadbeen on 2Gb and David Odious on Beobachter’s 2UE.
    I tried to get onto 2GB when Raver came on but heard many other callers come on reacting to later comments,mostly UltraTune problems, before the line dropped out after 11am. Odd, that.

  7. Derek Butcher

    In 2050 we will know the truth

  8. Jeremy Williams

    Another day, more misinformation and distortion by the oz
    To quote another:
    In other breaking news the sky is blue, the grass is green

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