Posts Tagged ‘BBC News’

BBC News: Can’t Anybody Understand Science?

March 2, 2008

(message sent to the BBC)

The unsigned article on congestion charge and health is highly misleading to say the least. As one of the report’s authors, Cathryn Tonne, told internet publication “spiked online”, “the average increase in life expectancy suggested by the report is 14 hours per person – over their entire lifespan!”.

One worries about the level of scientific understanding when 14 hours are reported as 1,888 years…

Advertisements

Letter to the BBC: Climate news bias (China vs Argentina)

January 31, 2008

Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007
From: Maurizio Morabito
Subject: Climate news bias (China vs Argentina)
To: Jonathan Amos, Richard Black

Dear Jonathan, dear Richard

Are some weathers more equal than others?

Why is it that if (A) it’s exceptionally warm in China, the news page on the BBC web site is graced by links to (anthropogenic) “Climate Change” and “Global Warming” but if (B) it’s exceptionally cold in Argentina, there is no recommendation at all to read further about climate change?

If you/the BBC believe that extreme weather events can be traced back to anthropogenic climate change (check the articles about the UK’s heat wave last April), then the same links should appear next to B just as next to A.

Otherwise, it will look like you’re suggesting that weather news are globally relevant only when they are about increased warmth.

That would be an unwelcome, blatant reporting bias.

In the meanwhile, pity those Southern Americans surely undergoing a bad case of “warming envy” at the moment.