Elävä esimerkki siitä kuinka ilmastonmuutoksesta kirjoittaminen saattaa aikaansaada painostusta ja vaatimuksia kirjoitusten "editoimiseen". Roger Harrabinin kirjoittama artikkeli, jonka otsikko kuului:Global temperatures "to decrease", poiki kiukkuisia vaatimuksia artikkelin uudelleenkirjoittamiseksi. Asialla oli eteenkin viheraktivisti Jo Abbess. Painostus kävi lopulta niin kovaksi, että yleensäkin kaikenlaista riitelyä välttelevä Harrabin suostui editoimaan artikkeliaan niin, että pieni "kosmeettinen muutos" lopulta tehtiin. Tosin Harrabinin ensimmäisiin editointeihin fundamentalistit eivät olleet tyytyväisiä ja niinpä lopulta päädyttiin allaolevista lisäysehdotuksista jälkimmäiseen, siis vielä astetta jyrkempään ja fundamentalistisempaan versioon.

versio 1

"This would mean global temperatures have not risen since 1998, prompting some to question climate change theory. But experts say we are still clearly in a long-term warming trend - and they forecast a new record high temperature within five years."

versio 2

"But this year’s temperature would still be way above the average - and we would soon exceed the record year of 1998 because of global warming induced by greenhouse gases."

Alunperin Harrabin ei sisällyttänyt tekstiinsä mitään mainintaa lähivuosina odotettavissa olevasta lämpöhuipusta, sellainen kun on pelkkää epätieteellistä kahvinporosta ennustamista, eikä mitään muuta. Harrabinin teksti pohjautuu World Meteorological Organization-nimisen organisaation antamaan tuoreeseen tutkimustietoon.

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There is considerable buzz about reports that “the BBC has changed the news to accommodate an activist“.

The BBC journalist involved is environmental correspondent Roger Harrabin, with whom I must say I have privately exchanged views in the past (wrong…it was Richard Black).

And the BBC article is “Global temperatures ‘to decrease‘”, Friday April 4, 2008.

The “accusation” regards the contents (and title) of the article having been changed to please an environmental activist, allegedly called “Jo Abbess”.

This being the internet, with Fool’s Day not that much in the past, there is not much one can be sure of. So I have compared the three available version of Mr Harrabin’s article. Versions (1) and (2) as per Jennifer Marohasy’s blog. Version (3) as currently on the BBC web site (I am sorry but I have to take (1) and (2) at face value, hoping they are not the product of fakery).

My conclusions are: Mr Harrabin’s article is clearly biased in favour of AGW but not more than other articles in the past by Harrabin and others (see here for more about BBC’s biased reporting); and the whole evolution of the article’s text is compatible with the story of “Jo Abbess” being true. Despite of that, there is still hope.

[size=150:24uqp2aa]The Unbearable Nakedness of CLIMATE CHANGE[/size:24uqp2aa]

BBC Changes 'Temperatures Decrease' Article to Incite Climate Hysteria
Noel Sheppard, From
April 7, 2008


On Saturday, NewsBusters shared with readers a report that astoundingly proclaimed "Global Temperatures 'To Decrease.'"

Some time after this was posted, the third paragraph of the original piece was changed in a fashion that radically altered the meaning of the entire article (picture courtesy AP).

In fact, what was once a realistic portrayal of new data released by the World Meteorological Organization suddenly became another hysterical report espousing doom and gloom at the hands of manmade global warming.

Here was how the piece began before Saturday's edits (emphasis added):

Global temperatures will drop slightly this year as a result of the cooling effect of the La Nina current in the Pacific, UN meteorologists have said.

The World Meteorological Organization's secretary-general, Michel Jarraud, told the BBC it was likely that La Nina would continue into the summer.

This would mean global temperatures have not risen since 1998, prompting some to question climate change theory.

For the record, a website called Gribbit's Word cut and pasted those three opening paragraphs exactly the same way on Friday at 12:19 PM.

Yet, some time on Saturday after NewsBusters posted its piece at 12:22 PM, the third paragraph was mysteriously changed to this (emphasis added):

But this year's temperatures would still be way above the average - and we would soon exceed the record year of 1998 because of global warming induced by greenhouse gases.

Some difference, wouldn't you agree? Maybe more fascinating is that the time stamp at the top of the article doesn't reflect that any changes were made since Gribbit or I cut and pasted the version we shared with our readers: "Page last updated at 00:42 GMT, Friday, 4 April 2008 01:42 UK."

For those unfamiliar, 00:42 GMT on Friday would be 7:42 PM EST Thursday. So, according to, this piece was last updated our Thursday evening.

Yet, Gribbit's cut and paste Friday afternoon, and mine on Saturday afternoon, are different than what one now sees if you click on the links we both posted for this piece. And, since mine was posted at 12:22 PM Saturday, it means this third paragraph was changed at least 40 hours after the last "official" update.

Why? Was someone at the BBC displeased with the tenor of this piece, but didn't want folks to know it was being altered so long after it had been posted?

*****Update: Jennifer Marohasy reports that the headline of this article was changed a couple of times as well --

Moving on to the strange happenings surrounding a subsequent 4th April article by the BBC's Roger Harrabin, blogged here, entitled, Global temperatures 'to decrease' , which was later changed to, Global warming 'dips this year, ' and then subsequently changed back to Global temperatures 'to decrease.' The changes in the text, however, did not revert back to the text in the original article.

Makes sense. After all, the alarmists certainly couldn't have an article out there titled "Global Warming 'Dips This Year.'"

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