It Takes More than Dead Trees to Make a Credible Newspaper

Mon, 2010-03-15 11:45Ross Gelbspan
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It Takes More than Dead Trees to Make a Credible Newspaper

An article in last week’s British paper, The Telegraph, claimed that the IPCC had made yet another significant mistake – this time overstating the sensitivity of the Amazon rainforest to drought.  It turns out that the article severely misrepresented the state of the science. While that one very dry year did not produce the kind of vegetation changes detectible by satellite imagery, it did, in fact, kill a number of trees, turning the rainforest from a “sink” that absorbed 2 billion tons of CO2, to a “source” of even more CO2 from the resulting number of dead trees. The culpa for an initial post to Desmogblog, taking the IPCC to task, is exclusively mea.  The correct narrative of the rainforest’s vulnerability to severe drought comes courtesy of the scientists at Realclimate.

Comments

How can you expect newspapers to report properly when you, with your views and experience, can produce the (now apparently deleted) blog entry for which you are apologising? Very disappointing - not a big enough apology.

I cannot see anywhere to read other comments so this may already have been covered.

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