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.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Letter of the moment.....

Today, there is a simple, but highly effective, 'Letter to the Editor' in The Financial Times from a Mr. Tim Hammond: 'A long way to go in the global warming debate' (The Financial Times, June 13). Mr. Hammond concludes:
"This is no way to conduct a scientific debate. Nor should we non-scientists be taken in by those who shout loudest and or those who shout from the highest towers.

There is a long way to go yet before the proponents of global warming convince everyone."

Mr. Hammond is a non-scientist. As I travel around the the country, I encounter the views he has expressed so well among a wide range of ordinary folk who remain deeply sceptical both of government spin on 'global warming' and of the strong-arm tactics of some leading scientific bodies. Ecohype can backfire badly.

It would thus appear that down-to-earth common sense can grasp what some over-heated scientists are unable to discern.

Philip, off to breakfast in the garden with the thrushes, which seem to be on a 'snailfest' this morning. Bash, bash, bash! Gastronomy indeed! It's a bit like a Gastropub out there - 'The Slug and Barrowboy'. "I'll stick with my cereal, thanks, Mr. Throstle." And what is that big yellow ball? Haven't seen that for a while.....

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