Archives for September, 2006

Skeptic’s Circle 44

Martin has put together Skeptic’s Circle 44. My pick: coturnix on denialist rhetoric, but check them all out.

I’m sure you can guess what the suppressed report says about the link between hurricanes and global warming. Jim Giles at Nature reports (subscription only): A statement on the science behind the politically sensitive issue of hurricane activity and climate change has been blocked by officials at the US Department of Commerce, Nature has learned.

Chris White who is the Malaria Programme Leader with the African Medical and Research Foundation (Amref) responds to the new WHO malaria policy: The World Health Organisation’s new stance on DDT, yet again only goes to show how so many in the West throw out opinions without really understanding the context or culture of Africa.…

Inhofe’s speech on global warming

It’s almost cheating to play Global Warming Sceptic Bingo on an Inhofe speech. David Roberts takes it apart.

Becker and Posner’s ignorance about DDT

Gary Becker and Richard Posner have written a pair of posts about DDT and there is much wrong with what they have written. Becker writes: The world Trade Organization (WTO) declared in 1998 a “war on malaria” that aimed to cut malaria deaths in half by 2010. Instead, deaths from malaria have been increasing, not…

DDT in Uganda

Jessie Stone, who runs a malaria education, prevention and treatment program in Uganda, comments in the New York Times on the WHO’s DDT pushing. To many of us in the malaria-control business, it came as no great surprise last week when the World Health Organization recommended wider use of DDT in Africa to combat the…

In June, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine retracted a fraudulent paper because: “financial and intellectual input to the paper by outside parties was not disclosed.” Paul Thacker has an interesting article on financial-disclosure policies in scientific journals. Most journals do not require authors to make financial disclosure statements:

Paul Thacker has the story in Salon: In February, there were several press reports about the Bush administration exercising message control on the subject of climate change. The New Republic cited numerous instances in which top officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and scientists at the National Hurricane Center sought to downplay links…

Free the Tripoli Six

Five nurses and a doctor have been falsely accused of deliberately infecting their patients with HIV. They’ve been imprisoned and tortured in Libya since 1999 and may now be condemned to death. Declan Butler writes: what is needed is an immediate and sustained mobilization of international opinion, something which has been badly lacking so far.…

The Guardian reports In a letter earlier this month to Esso, the UK arm of ExxonMobil, the Royal Society cites its own survey which found that ExxonMobil last year distributed $2.9m to 39 groups that the society says misrepresent the science of climate change. These include the International Policy Network, a thinktank with its HQ…