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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

It's time to land on that 'Home Planet' again.....

Our 10th Series (how tempus fugit, as it says on Rochdale Townhall Clock) of the critical environmental programme, 'Home Planet', begins today on BBC Radio 4 at 15.00 pm GMT. The Series then runs for 12 more Tuesdays into April, and, on this occasion, will include some Gardeners' Question Time-type 'out-and-about' slots. These should be fun.

If you are in the UK, the programme is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 every Tuesday afternoon at 15.02 GMT, directly after the brief news summary. If you are outside the UK, you may listen to it, online, via the BBC 'Home Planet' Web Page:

(a) on the day in question at 15.02 BST, choose the 'Listen Live' button; or, (b) for one week after the first broadcast, choose the 'Listen Again' button; or, (c) after one whole week, select the relevant date under 'Previous Programmes'.

This first week's topics include Stotty et al. on: a big discussion of LNG; breathing and CO2; groundwater and arsenic; efficient retail heating; and quick comments on James Lovelock's Independent 'gloomings' of yesterday.

I do hope you enjoy it.

Philip, glad to be back wittering away with his colleagues. Lunch - boy, I'm slow today. More coffee needed!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Our Madeleine of the Sorrows.....

Today must be Weeping Monday for The Tall Order of the Green Bunnies, and they have put out the bunting and the washing for two of their most lachrymose of saints, Saint Madeleine of the Groaniad and Saint James of Gaia.

As they peg out their dirty linen in public, it is, at last, dawning on these unhappy souls that people just won't do what they are told to do about 'global warming' (Saint Madeleine) and, in any case, why bother, because it's all too late (Saint James).

I fear the blackbird of harsh political reality has come down and pecked off their noses.

Mind you, as their pessimism grows, so does my optimism! Good Wife Stott just burst out laughing when she read The Madeleine. And, there was I thinking that The Independent had lectured us last week about the dangers of over-apocalyptic reporting. "When will they ever learn."

And, finally, there is that Chris Huhne (who he?) and his Eco Tax Heaven! The Lib Dem Pantomime Horse just gets funnier by the day (one candidate per leg). But who is pulling the tail?

Philip, in his counting house, counting out the sheer nonsense that is written about 'global warming'. "If I had as many pound coins as daft stories about 'global warming'....." But note: as the world turns sensibly back to adaptation to climate change, the control bunnies will fly into an even greater hysterical rage. Splendid. Breakfast, coffee, and then the Great Wen.

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