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Why would anyone ever trust The Australian on climate change (or any Murdoch media for that matter)?

July 25, 2014

Anyone with any degree of scientific literacy has long given up on The Australian, but it’s good to know that there’s wider recognition of the abysmal state of its climate reporting.

The Australian Press Council has upheld complaints about The Australian‘s reporting on climate change in September 2013. The series of misleading articles started with Graham Lloyd’s article “We got it wrong on warming, says IPCC”, published on pages 1 and 6 on 16 September.

The APC ruling contains this instructive paragraph:

The Council has concluded that the erroneous claim about the revised warming rate was very serious, given the importance of the issue and of the need for accuracy (both of which were emphasised in the editorial that repeated the claim without qualification). Although based on another publication’s report, the claim was unequivocally asserted in The Australian headline, “We got it wrong on warming, says IPCC”, which also implied the IPCC had acknowledged the alleged error. The impression that the claim was correct was reinforced by The Australian saying the IPCC had been “forced to deny” that it was in crisis talks.

Graham Readfearn has the full story at DeSmogBlog.

Further reading.

Here we go again – more misinformation on climate from Graham Lloyd and The Australian

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One Comment
  1. W Biddle permalink

    I wouldn’t trust anything I read in any newspaper. Most of the comments ralated to climate change are politically motivated. Scientists rarely get a say, unless there are asked to, to support a particular political agenda.

    There is a lot of scaremongering associated with the climate change debate that is not helpful either. Climate change is a fact but the assumption that it is BAD, is nothing more than that. We live on a dynamic earth and we need to appreciate this because without this change we would not have what we see today.

    The drowned river valleys, with their extensive flood plains and deltas, where a lot of our agriculture takes place are a product of the current warming phase. Unfortunately, we have not appreciated this. We have sort to control these areas by putting in dams and flood mitigation structures that impede the accumulation of alluvium, meaning that land levels won’t then keep pace with sea level rises

    We seem to be overly worried about the survival of the Great Barrier Reef, yet it appears to have survived climate change in the past, including periods when much of the reef would have been above sea level.

    I have not seen anything that any government has done that give me any faith that man is capable of reversing or slowing Global Warming. Some countries may have put a price on carbon but this has not reduced the global demand for coal. Governments are nearly playing politics with the issue and the science is ignored.

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