Jan 16, 2013

What you won’t read in The Australian on climate change

The Australian has backed down from its claim that sea rise is "not linked to warming" -- but to get the full story on the scientific paper at the heart of the controversy, read on ...

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

The Australian has retreated from its claim that rising sea levels are “not linked to warming” faster than a melting glacier — but it’s still not telling the full story on a recently released scientific paper.

Yesterday, as hundreds of IPCC scientists met in Hobart, The Australian‘s environment editor Graham Lloyd claimed “the latest science on sea level rises has found no link to global warming”. The story cited a paper which ran in the Journal of Climate last year, co-authored by the CSIRO’s Dr John Church.

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28 thoughts on “What you won’t read in The Australian on climate change

  1. Merve

    The Australian also has no sense of irony. The POE exemplay, Janet Albrechtson, says today “These people are not harmless idealists. They are not even genuine environmentalists. They are dangerous ideologues driven not by reason or intellectual debate, but by zealotry.”

    I get the distinct impression she is talking about herself and her fellow ideologues on The OZ.

  2. Mike Flanagan

    Thanks to Cathy Alexander and Crikey staff to the above follow-up story.
    One can only encourage the Guardian to establish a local edition of their paper to balance the crap that the murdochracy give us as news and facts in both broadsheet and tabloid format.
    It is time that Rupert’s disciples that call themselves journalists advice the sclerotic and Alzheimic fool that his publishing of idiocies, distortion and outright lies throughout the English speaking world are directly relevant to his ever diminishing circulation figures.

  3. burninglog

    I meant ” f*#ken A” Merve.
    (sorry bout that)

  4. Steve777

    In due course the effects of Global Warming will become unmistakeable and will start to impact corporate bottom lines. And when that happens corporations will be screaming for governments to fix the problems and that someone other than themselves pay for it.

  5. Kym Afford

    The Australia (Murdock press) has an sorry history of denial and misinformation in regards to climate change. It cannot be treated as a source of reliable information on this subject.

  6. drmick

    Not swimming…….drowning. Wonder when the sun king will show how he will turn back the tide?

  7. Musrum

    That’s nice. Of course studies have shown that these sort of retractions in no way reverse the original message (and in many cases, just reinforce it).

  8. Jimmy

    Unfortunately these days we can expect little better than this from the Oz.

    Well said Merve, and did you see ALbrechtsen berating the PM for daring to suggest the extreme weather events (in this case bushfires) will become more common as the climate warms up, I meant he nerve of the PM for re-stating what all credible scientists and common sense have been saying for decades.

  9. rubiginosa

    We’ve seen this script before, of course, and we know how it plays out at The Australian. Remember when they shat all over Phil Watson’s paper? The disrespectful and disingenous treatment of the researchers’ own work and words continues apace.

    John Church is no stranger to The Australian’s treatment. He features in the infamous Kevin Court article,

    and has been attempting to explain sea-level rise to The Australian for a long time:

    Just as predictable are their post hoc rationalisations. Compare these paint-by-numbers editorials — The Age and The ABC are interchangable, as are the Royal Society and Met Office:
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/editorials/vig… (October 14, 2010)
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/editorials/vig… (January 16, 2013)

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