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.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Vital statistics..... and the 'X' factor?

Likely attendance on the London 'Climate Change March' today [organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change - see blog above re the name], kick off around 12.00 noon: <15,000 [Not even in the top three BBC News 24 items at 14.00];


Attendance at football legend George Best's funeral in Northern Ireland, kick off 11.00 am: "tens of thousands". They are lining the streets in droves... [Top BBC News 24 item at 14.00]

Likely attendance at Chelsea v. Middlesborough, kick off 15.00: >40,000;

Average weekly attendance at English and Scottish football matches: 1.6 million.

And you want to know why 'global warming' is such a damp squib? Here is a wonderfully caustic BBC analysis of the mad, mad world that is climate-change politics:
"The... challenge will be to find any of the 8,000 or so participants who can explain to the rest of the world what on earth has been going on."

Just so! It really is an embarrassing nonsense from beginning to end.

And in Sydney, Oz, the marchers numbered - oops! - "hundreds" [Hat Tip: Barry Hearn]

Meanwhile, The Independent shows today that it really has flipped (unlike climate): 'The 'X' factor?' (scroll down):
"What's predicted is terrible enough. But it is what's not even on the radar that some scientists fear most of all - the possibility that global warming might bring about some sudden, extreme and devastating climatic phenomenon that we cannot yet even imagine..."

Is The Independent striving to be the very worst newspaper in the UK? Can it even be classified as a 'newspaper' any more? It is dreadful... and full of dread.

And the Bard is better at doom in any case, he lears:
"Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Smite flat the thick rotundity o' the world!
Crack nature's moulds, and germens spill at once,
That make ingrateful man!"

Philip, "Support Agenda Item Six Now!" Er? "Come on the 'Latics!" Afternoon tea, while I try to forget the two Gorgeous Georges, Zac 'the Tory', not to mention the evergreen Ms Lucas. "A placard sandwich board?" "Organic?" "Na! A Doomburger will do nicely, thanks!"

[New counter, June 19, 2006, with loss of some data]

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