John Cook has already thoroughly demolished this Bob Carter opinion piece in The Age, but I just wanted to highlight the failure in the editing process that allowed Carter’s piece to be published as it was. Amongst other false or misleading claims, Carter claimed as a “Fact” that CO2
acts as a valuable plant fertiliser. Extra carbon dioxide helps to shrink the Sahara Desert,
Even someone with a little bit of common sense would notice that the difference between the Amazon and the Sahara isn’t that there is a shortage of CO2 in the Sahara, but the editor at The Age didn’t see any problem with publishing Carter’s obvious nonsense. If you check what the science says about projected climate change rather than Carter you find:
Annual rainfall is likely to decrease in much of Mediterranean Africa and northern Sahara
Carter’s piece was illustrated with a cartoon by John Spooner showing trees talking about how Gillard was taking their food. You might think that Spooner was mocking Carter, but if you look at other Spooner cartoons you’ll find that he gets his science from Andrew Bolt and thinks that global warming is some sort of hoax.