A Climate Retraction of a Different Sort
by Bill Chameides | June 28th, 2010
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)
2010 has been a year of climate gaffes. Now another one?
Yes, another retraction on climate and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has surfaced. Only this time the shoe is on the other foot.
On January 31, 2010, an article in the The Sunday Times of London (“UN Climate Panel Shamed by Bogus Rainforest Claim”) savaged the IPCC for statements concerning the vulnerability of the Amazon rain forest from climate change, accusing the international climate group of poor scholarship and inappropriate dependence on reports from “green campaigners.”
On February 7, 2010, the scientists indicted by the newspaper disputed the article in a letter to the editor of the Times, pointing out the many inaccuracies in the paper’s article from January.
Well, it took four months and a half months or so, but The Sunday Times has finally fessed up and issued a “correction,” acknowledging that they got it wrong, all wrong. And, they “apologise for this.”
You can get a temporary free pass to www.timesonline.co.uk to see its June 20th retraction and the February 7th letter to the editor. But you won’t be able to see the original January 31st article; the Times has removed it from the site.
So Long for Now … but Stay Tuned
As you read this, I will be snoozing and loafing — it’s my vacation! I’ll be back in a couple of weeks. In the meantime TheGreenGrok will be in the capable hands of our staff and you can look forward to a number of interesting guest blogs.
Update 6/28/2010, 11:14 AM: Real Climate has posted a copy of the original article [pdf].filed under: climate change, faculty, global warming, rain forest
and: Amazon, climategate, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC reports, media, The Sunday Times of London