A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Life tragically outdoes Art.....

With Nature outdoing Art in the disaster stakes, the BBC has had to cancel its forthcoming supervolcano documentary-drama that was due to air at the end of January 2005: 'BBC postpones disaster docu-drama' (BBC Online Entertainment News, January 5):

"A £3m docu-drama about a devastating volcano due to be shown by the BBC at the end of January has been postponed in the wake of the tsunami disaster.

Supervolcano was based on events which could happen in the near future if the volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park in the US was to erupt.

The BBC said in light of the recent tragedies in Asia it would 'be inappropriate' to screen it."

And it all makes 'global warming' scare-mongering seem very small beer indeed:

"There is a real active supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park that last erupted 640,000 years ago.

Scientists believe that its cyclical nature means an eruption is long overdue and has the potential to kill 100,000 US citizens and lead to blizzards, climate change and famine."

Earth catastrophism inevitably outdoes gradualism, but, more especially, artificially-engendered 'virtual' disasters. Reality is bad enough without environmentalist fantasies.


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