Thursday, January 7, 2010

Watchdog Smacks Times for Bogus Climate Claim

An advertising campaign touting the depth and quality of the London Times newspaper's environment coverage has been slapped by an industry watchdog for inaccuracy. The paper has agreed to modify the advertisements, which are based on a false climate change claim.

The Times ads claimed that global warming had caused the North East shipping passage, the icy Arctic route which in summer links Russia's European ports to the Bering Strait, to be opened for the first time. In fact, the North East Passage opened in 1934, and was opened to overseas traffic after the fall of the Soviet Union. Modern technology, specifically radar, has permitted a safer passage in recent years.

The campaign received 29 complaints to the industry's self-regulator, the Advertising Standards Authority.

News International has agreed to amend the ad, which instead of claiming "Climate change has allowed the Northeast Passage to be used as a commercial shipping route for the first time," now claims that "Climate change has allowed the Northeast passage to be more accessible as a viable commercial shipping route".

With the climate cooling, as we have seen with the recent cold snap in Europe and England, the route is less accessible than it was in warmer times. In the leaked East Anglia emails, scientists who confidently predicted continued warming ahead confess they can't account for the refusal of the climate to conform to their models.

The present cold snap is the most severe in the last 35 years with the lowest temperature forecast in England for Friday 8/01/10 was only 2 degrees warmer then the temperature at the North Pole!

In November, The Times promised not to repeat another ad in the same series, which also boasted about its eco-reporting credentials. The paper had claimed that the oceans would be free of fish by 2048. The researcher who made the original claim has now revised it. Oops.

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