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Monday, September 26, 2005

Brit 'scientist' declares Rita the smoking gun of global warming

Rita is caused by global warming, or at least so says one John Lawton.

Why the scare quotes around 'scientist' you ask? Because I'm always wary of mainstream media reports which evade or downplay the specialist area of the scientist involved while simultaneously using his supposed scientific expertise as the selling point of the news item.

So what sort of background does Lawton come from? Ecology. Possibly the area of natural science least related to examining the relationship between hurricanes and global climate.

Boy, you could write an entire blog documenting mainstream media distortion and misrepresentation of science and scientists.

Note this is yet another Independent item republished by the Herald.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 9/26/2005 01:03:00 pm