Anatomy of a Dupe - the John Locke Foundation

Someone over at Daily Kos found a cached version of one of the bloggers duped by the “Geoclimatic Journal” hoax.

Seems that the fine folks at Environment NC - a blog set up by the ultra right-wing so-called “John Locke Society” were willing to write some pretty glowing reviews of this fake study.

In referring to the “blockbuster” study, Roy Cordato, a “resident scholar” at the John Locke Society wrote:

Clearly this study from the latest issue of Journal of Geoclimatic Studies by four climate scientists–two from the Dept. of Climatology at the University of Arizona and two from the Department of Atmospheric Physics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, should be the lead story on the eveing news tonight. But it is more than likely that it won’t even be mentioned. the paper abstract speaks for itself.”

Hat tip as well to the fine work being done by Adam at Energy Smart blog.

Coming Soon To A Planet Near You: Frankenworld!

There is now “no doubt” that some of the effects of human-induced climate change could be offset with engineering fixes, according to David Keith, an expert on climate and energy at the University of Calgary.  But what action should be taken, based on this knowledge? That was one of the knotty questions he and other experts wrestled with at a two-day conference that ended in Cambridge, Mass. 

Rush Limbaugh Falls for Global Warming Hoax

It looks like Schlock Jock Rush Limbaugh fell for the hoax global warming “research” on his radio show Thursday, thanks to the expert advice of one Dr. Roy Spencer.

Here's the dripping apology sent to Limbaugh by Spencer after realizing he was the cause of Limbaugh getting duped.

Even the most preliminary research by someone even slightly knowledgeable in climate science could figure out this hoax. Maybe Rush's “truth detector” was on the fritz.

H/T to the Great Beyond for this one.

Clumsy Media Bias Dwindling, But U.S. Still Behind the U.K.

A new paper (attached) by Oxford Research Fellow Max Boykoff shows that phony media balance has almost disappeared in U.S. climate change coverage.

But Boykoff's paper also shows an embarrassing difference in the extent and quality of climate change coverage in the United States, compared to coverage in the United Kingdom. For example, he found that between 2003 and 2006, UK papers covered the story three times as often as U.S. papers and were significantly more likely to present it accurately.

A Toast to the Skeptics -- With Saltwater Cocktails!

As sea levels rise, coastal communities could lose up to 50 percent more of their fresh water supplies than previously thought, according to a new study from Ohio State University.

Scientists previously assumed that, as saltwater moved inland, it would penetrate underground only as far as it did above ground. But new research shows that when saltwater and fresh water meet, a zone of mixed, or brackish, water can extend 50 percent further inland underground than it does above ground.

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