Sunday, March 05, 2006

OK, let's set out to prove what we assume. . .

NOTE: THE BBC HAS COMPLETELY REVISED THE ARTICLE REFERRED TO BELOW, IN FACT THE QUOTE BELOW FROM THAT ARTICLE HAS NOW DISAPPEARED!

The BBC has this way of putting bias to almost anything relating to climate change. Here's a good example. I quote:

"A new weather station is expected to show the extent of warming in the Himalayas, one of the world's biggest deposits of ice and a key source of fresh water"

Making such statements before conducting scientific experiment is a dangerous thing - but then the BBC isn't the one making the experiment. Scientists with an open mind might cringe at such reporting. Of course, the scientists in question have placed instruments in such a way that they will be able to answer the basic questions posed by the quote, but in the meantime, what if the experiments happen to show the opposite?

Incidentally, I don't doubt that Himalayan glaciers are retreating. We are, after all, still coming out of the fourth major Ice Age in recent (geological) history.

The other key comment by the BBC sets up a separate hand-wringing conundrum - the Himalyan ice sheet is one of the world's fresh water resources. Yet it can only be a fresh water resource if it isn't ice! As Homer Simpson might say:

"Doh!"

1 Comments:

Blogger maksimovich said...

It seems the BBC is using soothsaying as a method in all its climate reporting as I find here.

http://outsidethecube.blogspot.com/2006/03/bbc-discover-art-of-soothsaying-on-13.html

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