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UK Media Refuses To Correct The Record On Flawed Climate Paper

Press Release, GWPF

Mainstream media is silent on errors in flawed climate scare story

London, 19 November: The Global Warming Policy Forum today slammed the UK media for its failure to tell readers about errors in a widely reported global warming story.


Media outlets around the world reported new findings that suggested that the world’s oceans were warming faster than previously thought. However, within days serious errors were found in the underlying scientific paper, prompting its authors to issue a correction.

Several newspapers in the USA, including Science magazine, the Washington Post and the Washington Times have published follow-up stories, outlining the discovery of the error, which entirely negates the earlier headlines.

To date, no UK newspaper, nor the BBC has reported the story, or even issued a correction.

By failing to report these developments and setting the record straight, the BBC is breaking its own guidelines on corrections.

GWPF director, Dr Benny Peiser said:

“It is an indictment of the UK press that they are keen to disseminate stories that promote global warming fears, but refuse to correct them when they are shown to be incorrect. The failure to report accurately is undermining the credibility of climate news reporting.”

The flawed ocean paper was covered by:

· Matt McGrath at the BBC
· Harry Pettitt at the Mail on Sunday
· Harry Cockburn at the Independent