The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert by Donna Laframboise

The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert by Donna Laframboise

Author:Donna Laframboise [Laframboise, Donna]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Current Events
ISBN: 9781894984065
Publisher: Ivy Avenue Press
Published: 2011-10-09T07:00:00+00:00

Along with his open letter, Landsea attached the e-mails he'd sent on this matter - and the ones he'd received in response from Pachauri and Solomon. There was no need to take his word for it, a clear record of what had occurred was available. News outlets should have run with this story. It should have become a full-fledged scandal. If an organization that everyone thinks is producing authoritative scientific reports has been compromised by those advancing a scientifically unsupported position surely this is an important development. If the leadership of the IPCC is exhibiting a bunker mentality by refusing to even acknowledge there's a problem, surely the public deserves to know.

The Washington Post story provided the basic details and even quoted Landsea at some length. But the journalist then trivialized the matter by characterizing it as a "spat between Landsea and Trenberth" - before observing that IPCC officials had declined to intervene in the dispute.

For its part Science magazine (which is published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science), devoted one-third of a single page in its three-page News of the Week section to the matter. In the judgment of the magazine's staff, this story deserved to appear last - after articles that discussed the merger of two agricultural research bodies in the developing world, NASA budget cuts, funding for science education in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the announcement of an annual $1 million donation to the Arab Science and Technology Foundation.

On the page in which the story finally appeared, a controversy involving a biology lab at Boston University received top billing and twice as much space.

Science's account of the Landsea affair began with this line: "An ugly spat has broken out among contributors to the world's leading scientific report on climate change." The next paragraph characterized the matter as a tussle. That story included a new quote from Pachauri, reiterating that IPCC authors are "free to express their views on any subject."

What's astonishing is that no one - not the three writers involved, nor anyone else at Science, connected the dots despite the damning nature of the remarks that appeared at the end of the story. We're told that Trenberth


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